A 69-year-old man was killed in a South Los Angeles pedestrian accident, which officials said, involved a suspected hit-and-run driver. According to a KABC news report, a vehicle was going south on Broadway early morning on February 11, 2017 when it struck a man who was crossing westbound in a marked crosswalk at 49th Street. Los Angeles fire officials responded to the scene and transported the injured pedestrian to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver did not stop and render aid as required by the law, police said. They are looking for the hit-and-run driver. A surveillance camera at a nearby business captured the fatal crash, but investigators have not yet released a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has more information is asked to contact LAPD’s Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2015 statistics, there were more than 28,000 hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles County. The numbers show that 50 percent of all auto accidents in Los Angeles involve hit-and-run drivers. The national average is around 11 percent, according to the American Automobile Association.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck and fatally injured the pedestrian and then left the scene of crash. Under California law, drivers are required to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the crash. They are also required to exchange pertinent information and most importantly render aid to the victim. 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.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Families of deceased hit-and-run victims find themselves suddenly faced with funeral and burial costs, and sometimes, medical expenses. In such cases injured victims and families that have lost loved ones would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who has successfully handled hit-and-run cases. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to advice victims and families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.