Eugene Jackson, 33, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident that occurred at a city intersection early morning on May 15, 2010. According to a CBS News report, the fatal car accident happened when a Dodge Durango SUV ran a red light on South Figueroa Street at 135th Street, and sideswiped a blue 2009 Nissan Altima causing it to crash. Jackson, the driver of the Altima, was taken to a local hospital where he died shortly after the incident. Eyewitnesses told police that the driver and passengers of the Durango got out of the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident. LAPD officials say two men and one woman, who were all in the Durango, fled the crash scene on foot. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD South Traffic detectives at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.
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I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Eugene Jackson for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers. I truly hope this hit-and-run driver and the other occupants of the Dodge are apprehended and brought to justice.
Los Angeles Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 268 fatalities and 25,588 injuries involving car accidents in Los Angeles, California. Countywide, 667 people died and 52,229 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Violations of the Law
Based on this news report, the driver of Dodge Durango not only ran a red light and struck the Altima, killing Jackson, but he or she also fled the scene of a crash. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation under California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a). Leaving the scene of a traffic accident or hit-and-run is a serious crime 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.”
Claim for Compensation
Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run collision or to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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