A pedestrian suffered critical injuries in a Westwood area car accident, which officials said, involved a hit-and-run driver.
According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the major injury collision occurred near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Veteran Avenue early morning on January 5, 2016.
Police who arrived at the scene found the victim in the roadway, critically wounded.
The victim was
transported to an area hospital.
Officers described the hit-and-run vehicle as a dark-colored sedan last seen traveling east on Ashton Avenue from Veteran Avenue.
The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured pedestrian who has apparently suffered life-threatening injuries.
We wish the victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
LA Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 90 deaths and 2,639 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Also, in 2013, 211 fatalities and 4,721 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County.
Leaving the Scene of the Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case struck and seriously injured the pedestrian and left the victim lying in the roadway, without even stopping to help or call emergency personnel. Outrageous! Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony crime under California law. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Holding Drivers Accountable
We certainly hope the driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about the suspect or the vehicle, please visit our dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left with significant financial burdens such as medical bills and lost income. Above all, they are left wondering if the driver will ever be apprehended or held accountable. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run crash, contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top 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 about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.