Aguida Luna, 52, was killed in a hit-and-run collision the morning of November 27, 2013. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Laxford Road in an unincorporated Los Angeles County area near Azusa. California Highway Patrol officials say Luna was on the west side of the street and started crossing Citrus Avenue eastbound when a vehicle heading north on Citrus struck her and did not stop. Luna was airlifted to an area trauma center where she died from her injuries. Officials say the vehicle that struck Luna may have been a Honda. Anyone with information is asked to contact CHP officials at 626-338-1164.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Aguida Luna for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Crash Statistics
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 13 fatalities and 298 injuries as a result of pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Also countywide, 195 people died and 4,535 were injured due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, the driver of the vehicle not only struck and critically injured Luna, but also left her lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Appalling! Leaving the scene of an accident is inhumane and irresponsible. It is also illegal under California law.
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.”
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope the hit-and-run driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Families of deceased hit-and-run victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the driver is not found or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.