Jeffrey David Cook, 39, was killed in a hit and run car accident the night of Dec. 15. According to a news report on KTLA.com, Cook was walking in the 10200 block of Sunset Boulevard just east of Beverly Glen Boulevard when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The driver did not stop and drove away. The city is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver. Any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD a 1-877-527-3247.
We offer our deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Jeffrey Cook. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Crashes
According to a recent report in the LA Daily News, in 2017, police identified a suspect or solved only 8 percent of all reported hit-and-runs in the city. Of those, prosecutors filed charges in 73 percent. In 2016, only 12 percent of all reported hit-and-runs were solved, according to the reported data. Of those, prosecutors filed charges in 63 percent of them. Los Angeles continues to be the “hit-and-run capital” of the nation with nearly 50 percent of all traffic accidents listed as hit and run, where the driver fled the scene.
Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims
Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is illegal, to say the least. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), drivers are required to stop immediately after a crash and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. In addition, motorists are required to exchange pertinent information with all parties involved and most importantly, provide some type of aid to the injured victim. This could simply mean calling 911 so the victim gets prompt medical attention, which in such cases could make the difference between life and death.
Hit and run accidents are heartbreaking for victims’ families not just because they have lost their loved one, but also because they are unable to hold the at-fault driver accountable. In cases where victims are severely injured, families are left with massive medical bills. In cases where victims are killed, they are looking at medical bills, if the victim was hospitalized, as well as funeral and burial costs.
Families of deceased hit-and-run victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. An experienced lawyer will also be able to advise them about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the driver has not been apprehended or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.