Police are asking for the public’s help to find a hit-and-run driver involved in a suspected street racing crash in South Los Angeles that has left two 9-year-old girls in medically induced comas. According to a KTLA news report, Ashley Gregoria and Delila Rangel, both 9, and best friends, were severely injured in the collision that took place the night of Dec. 9 at Hoover Street and Florence Avenue.
Long Road to Recovery for Girls
Officials say 24-year-old Jazmin Torres was making a left turn from westbound Florence Avenue to southbound Hoover Street when an eastbound black Chevy Camaro slammed into her vehicle. Police said the Camaro was racing a black ford Mustang. Firefighters freed the woman and the two girls who were in Torres’s vehicle and took them to area hospitals. The driver of the Camaro, 39-year-old Franklin Winbon, also suffered major injuries. The driver of the Mustang, however, fled the scene without stopping.
Torres said she was driving her daughter, Ashley, and her best friend, Delila, after they had finished baking gingerbread cookies together. Both girls are hospitalized in critical condition in medically induced coma. Rangel’s mother, Lety Garcia, said her daughter has suffered a serious brain injury. Police expect Winbon to face reckless driving and street racing charges.
They are still looking for the driver of the Mustang who is likely to face similar charges in addition to a felony hit-and-run charge for leaving the scene of an injury crash. The Mustang was described as having black rims, a black rear wing spoiler and possibly a tan or light-colored interior. Anyone with information is urged to call Los Angeles police at 877-527-3247.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two children who have suffered major injuries in this crash. We wish them the very best for a complete recovery.
Justice for the Injured Victims
We certainly hope that the driver who fled the scene is identified, apprehended and brought to justice. Racing on a public roadway is illegal under California law as is leaving the scene of an injury crash. In such cases, the at fault drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, and past and future pain and suffering. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will help them victims and their families fight for their rights and secure maximum compensation for their losses.