A 42-year-old man was struck and killed in a Los Angeles County hit-and-run pedestrian accident on November 9, 2008. The pedestrian accident victim has been identified as Rigoberto Pivaral of Los Angeles. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, Pivaral was found lying in the street unconscious next to a parked car in the 10600 block of South Hoover Street in an unincorporated area between Carson and Gardena.
Los Angeles Police Department’s traffic investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating this hit-and-run driver who is still at large. Pivaral died later from his injuries in an area hospital. LAPD officials are still trying to determine what time the accident took place. But investigators believe Pivaral was walking east on Hoover from 107th Street when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Hoover. If you witnessed this 11/9/08 pedestrian accident or have any information about the hit-and-run driver or vehicle, please call LAPD South Traffic Division Detective Jimmy Render at 323-290-6067.
My heart goes out to the family of Rigoberto Pivaral. Getting killed in an auto accident is tragic. But when a loved one is struck by a driver and left to die on the street, it is heartbreaking. Please keep Pivaral’s family in your prayers.
I sincerely hope LAPD officers apprehend this hit-and-run suspect and bring him or her to justice. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident – whether the accident causes an injury or not. According to the California Vehicle Code, any driver who is involved in an auto accident is required to stop and exchange insurance and driver’s license information with the other driver. Leaving the scene of an accident, especially when there is an injury or fatality involved, is a serious crime.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to any person other than himself or herself or in the death of any person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” The law further states that anyone who fails to stop in a fatal accident could face up to four years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The driver who struck Rigoberto will and should be held criminally and civilly responsible for the accident. Pivaral’s family deserves justice and fair compensation for their tremendous loss. Of course, eyewitness accounts in a street intersection pedestrian accident such as this will be invaluable. The family of Rigoberto Pivaral would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Southern California pedestrian accident attorney, who will determine who or what caused this accident by examining traffic accident reports, eyewitness interviews and the evidence.
A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look at whether there were other factors involved such as another vehicle or a dangerous road condition that contributed to this fatal accident. The best attorneys will always offer a free consultation.