Officials in La Mirada are looking for a hit-and-run suspect after they say a Toyota Camry struck and killed a woman and injured her two grandchildren who were walking home from school the afternoon of Feb. 20. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the woman, who was identified as the children’s grandmother, died in a local hospital several hours after the incident. Police said the two children, a boy and a girl, are in stable condition.
Tragic Pedestrian Accident
The children are students as Escalona Elementary School, which is just a few blocks from where the collision occurred. When officials arrived at the scene, they found the injured victims. All three were transported to an area hospital. The car hit the three as they walked on the road along the curb. There are no sidewalks on the side of the road. The vehicle left the scene.
The suspect’s vehicle has been described by authorities as a dark gray 2015-2017 Toyota Camry with damage on the front passenger side. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Escalona Road. The driver was only described as “male.” A school staff member said both the boy and girl were conscious after they were hit and when they were transported by paramedics.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased woman. We wish the two injured children the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the three pedestrians were walking on the roadway along the curb because there was no sidewalk on the roadway when they were struck by the vehicle. Under California law, motorists are required to stop at the scene of a crash and remain there until authorities arrive. They are also required to render aid to the victims.
In this case, the at-fault driver, when apprehended can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused, in addition to facing criminal charges. A knowledgeable Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on the roadway contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held accountable.