A man died and a hit-and-run driver is at large after a fatal Pasadena car accident early morning on May 27. According to a KTLA news report, a white SUV traveling southbound on Sierra Madre Boulevard collided with a black Honda Accord traveling east on Colorado Boulevard. Firefighters tried to extricate the male driver from the Honda, but he had died. The deceased driver was identified as a man in his 20s. Witnesses tried to check on the SUV’s driver when he directed their attention to the driver of the black car.
While witnesses went to check on the other driver, the driver of the SUV fled on foot. He was arrested by police and taken into custody soon afterward. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials say speed may have been a factor. Investigators are looking at video from surveillance cameras of nearby businesses. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or may have more information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were six fatalities and 944 injuries involving car accidents in the city of Pasadena, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 606 people died and 51,988 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to who caused this fatal crash. But what we do know is that the driver of the SUV who survived the crash attempted to flee the scene on foot, even though he was later apprehended. It is a felony crime to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately at the scene of a crash and remain there until authorities arrive. Drivers are also required to exchange other pertinent information (driver’s license, insurance, vehicle license plate, contact, etc.) and most importantly, render aid to injured victims at the scene.
If you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, you may be wondering how to seek compensation for your losses. If the hit-and-run driver has been identified and apprehended, you should be able to file a claim through insurance. If he or she does not have insurance or sufficient insurance coverage, you may also be able to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your own auto insurance policy. An experienced Pasadena car accident lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and help you get justice for your tremendous personal loss.