A 24-year-old woman was critically injured in a Long Beach car accident after she was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene. According to a news report in The Press-Telegram, the major injury collision occurred early morning on July 16, 2011 at the intersection of Broadway and Euclid Avenue. Police and paramedics found the woman in an unconscious state under a parked car.
Officials say the force of the impact likely threw her. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Police describe the hit-and-run vehicle as a light-colored, four-door sedan or compact car traveling west on Broadway. The driver was last seen turning north on Loma Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Long Beach police at 562-570-7355.
My heart goes out to the critically injured victim of this hit-and-run car accident. I pray for her speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 234 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured in pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, officials are still looking into whether the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk at the time. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950, motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.
The motorist in this case, however, struck the pedestrian, critically injured her and then left the scene of a crash. The force of the impact was so great that the victim was thrown several feet away from the point of impact. This driver clearly lacked the basic human decency to stop and check on the victim whom he or she had struck! Appalling!
Not only is leaving the scene of an injury car accident immoral and inhumane, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 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
If you have any information about this driver, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This is an effort on our part to join hands with law enforcement and help hold hit-and-run drivers accountable.
Victims of hit-and-run crashes would be well-advised to contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A skilled car accident lawyer will also inform victims or their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured, underinsured or never identified.
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