Djenaba Michelle Ejukwa-Williams was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she was struck and killed by a vehicle, which officials say, left the scene of the crash. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal hit-and-run crash occurred at the intersection of 102nd Street and Central Avenue early morning on August 18, 2013. Police say Ejukwa-Williams was walking in a crosswalk when a Ford Taurus hit her.
She died at the scene. Police say the driver of the Ford was racing with a silver SUV at the time of the crash. Witnesses said the cars were traveling at 65 to 70 mph at the time. Officials have identified the vehicle as a dark Ford Taurus made between 2000 and 2004. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD’s South Traffic Division at 323-421-2540.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Ejukwa-Williams for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Several Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Ford Taurus that struck and fatally injured the victim was racing another vehicle on a public roadway. There are several violations of the law in this particular case. California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.”
The article also states that the victim was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection when the Ford hit her. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a), motorists are required to yield the right-of-way for pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Finally, the driver of the Ford fled the scene without even stopping to help the critically injured victim, which is truly appalling! California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop and remain at the scene of a crash. Motorists must also exchange information with other parties involved and most importantly render aid to injured victims.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
I certainly hope that this driver is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 award.
Families that have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash would 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 and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable accident attorney will also be able to advise victims or their families about how their own car insurance policy might apply to an incident where the driver is uninsured or underinsured.