Milton Marquez, 17, was killed in a North Hollywood pedestrian accident, which officials say, may have involved two vehicles that were racing each other.
According to a City News Service report, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred in the 7000 block of Whitsett Avenue the night of July 30, 2014.
A northbound vehicle, possibly a Cadillac Escalade SUV, struck Marquez and his brother.
died from his injuries while his brother is in serious condition.
The driver of the Cadillac left the scene. Officials do not believe the pedestrians were in a crosswalk at the time. Witnesses told police that the suspect vehicle that struck Marquez and his brother appeared to have been racing another vehicles, continued north before turning right onto Sherman Way and then right onto the southbound 170 Freeway. Officials are asking the public for information about either of these vehicles and drivers.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Milton Marquez for their devastating loss. We also wish his seriously injured brother the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that two drivers were racing each other and were traveling at a high rate of speed when one of them struck the pedestrians on the roadway. Racing on a public roadway is against California law.
California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.”
In addition, the driver who struck the pedestrians fled the scene of a fatal crash, which is a violation of California Vehicle Code 20001 (a). This individual also left two seriously injured people lying on the roadway, exposed to further injury or harm, without having the basic human decency to stop and check on them.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
We certainly hope that this hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident, the vehicles or the individuals involved, please visit our dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward web site at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Injured victims and families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise them about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found or when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.