A 65-year-old man was fatally injured in a hit-and-run crash on Thanksgiving Day while he was crossing the street. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of Nov. 22 on Vermont Avenue just north of 17th Place. The man was walking just outside of an unmarked crosswalk when he was fatally struck by a northbound black sedan. The driver failed to stop or render aid. The man was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD West Traffic Division investigators at 213-473-0234.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 95 fatalities and 2,861 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents. Countywide, 218 people died and 5,161 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck the pedestrian who was walking just outside of a marked crosswalk. Under California Vehicle Code 29150 (a), motorists are required to stop and yield the right of way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Even if the pedestrian is not in crosswalk, motorists are required to exercise caution.
Compensation for Hit-and-Run Victims
In this particular case, the driver of the vehicle also fled the scene of the crash. It is a felony crime to leave the scene of a crash. Motorists are required to stop immediately at the scene of the crash and wait until police arrive. Drivers must also exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the crash and most importantly, render aid to those injured.
Families of hit-and-run victims often struggle emotionally with the loss of a loved one, and also deal with financial losses. In such cases, families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims and their families regarding how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the at-fault driver is never identified, or is uninsured or underinsured.