Joshua Maldonado, 17, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Bell after he was struck by a vehicle while skateboarding.
According to a KTLA news report, the deadly collision occurred at the intersection of Bear and Gage avenues the night of August 29, 2015.
The driver struck the teen and fled the scene.
When police arrived they observed a skateboard near a set of skid marks and several smaller items strewn on the roadway.
The driver remains at large. Police have described the suspect vehicle as a gray Mitsubishi Galant. Police urge anyone with information to step forward and contact investigators. They say there were vehicles and people at the scene when the incident occurred.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Bell police at 323-585-1245.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Joshua Maldonado for their tragic loss. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Based on news reports, the driver of the Mitsubishi fled without even stopping to check on the critically injured teen or trying to help him in any way. Outrageous! Under California Vehicle Code 20001 (a), it is illegal for drivers to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash.
Motorists are also required to exchange pertinent information with all parties involved in the incident and most importantly, render aid to injured victims. This could be something as simple as calling 911.
Holding Drivers Accountable
We certainly hope the driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about the driver, the vehicle or the incident, please visit Bisnar Chase’s dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward Website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Families of hit-and-run victims struggle emotionally and financially after a crash. They are not only grieving the loss of a young man and anxious to seek justice for their terrible loss, but also dealing with funeral and burial expenses. In such cases, it would be in the best interest of families to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has successfully handled hit-and-run cases.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.