A man was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say involved two hit-and-run drivers. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal collisions occurred early morning on June 17, 2012 in South Los Angeles. The man was walking in a marked crosswalk on 42nd Street when a vehicle traveling north on Central Avenue struck him. The vehicle kept going as the man landed in the street. Passersby tried to help the victim when a second vehicle, described as a large, green SUV, which was also heading north on Central, ran over the victim and dragged him several hundred feet. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are looking for both the vehicles and drivers. No description is available for the first vehicle.
My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of this hit-and-run car accident victim, who are mourning a terrible loss. I offer my heartfelt condolences to them.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries occurred in 2009 involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 179 lives and injured 4,918 people, during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news account, it appears that the driver of the first vehicle not only struck the pedestrian who was walking in a marked crosswalk, but left him lying on the roadway and drove off. Appalling! California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
In addition, the driver violated California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), which states that motorists must stop immediately and remain at the scene of an injury accident. This incident involved not one, but two hit-and-run drivers. The second driver struck and dragged the victim even as passersby were trying to get him safely off the roadway and get him the help he needed. Leaving an injured person on the roadway to die is simply unacceptable and inexcusable.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I truly hope officials will soon apprehend both these drivers and bring them to justice. If you have any information about either one of these drivers or vehicles, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This web site is part of our effort to partner with the community and help law enforcement officials track down hit-and-run drivers.
Families of hit-and-run accident victims have it in their best interests to speak with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable accident attorney will also be able to better inform families about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not found, or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.