The family of 22-year-old Fredrick Frazier who was killed in a bicycle accident involving a hit-and-run is pleading with the driver who left the scene to turn herself in and be held accountable. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Frazier was riding his bicycle and had just turned right onto eastbound Manchester Avenue from Normandie Avenue when he was struck by a Porsche Cayenne traveling at a high rate of speed east on Manchester the afternoon of April 10. Frazier was transported to an area hospital, but died from his injuries.
Reward Offered for Information
Frazier’s mother, Beverly Owens, addressed the media and public, as she walked past the ghost bike, candles and messages placed at the fatal accident site in her son’s honor. “Why couldn’t you stop?” That was the question she asked the hit-and-run driver through tears. LAPD has announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Police say they have received tips from neighbors, but are asking anyone with information to come forward. The suspect has been described as a black woman about 5 feet tall, weighing 120 pounds with a tattoo on the left side of her abdomen.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Fredrick Frazier’s family. Frazier was apparently a Type 1 diabetic who rode his bike to exercise and lose weight. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver, in this case, left the scene of the crash without stopping to exchange information and without getting any help for the critically injured victim. Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony crime under California law. Motorists are required under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) to stop and obtain help for the injured victim. This could be something as simple as calling 911. In such cases, we often see that prompt medical attention and care can make the difference between life and death. It could have in this tragic case as well.
Families of deceased hit and run victims grapple with a number of emotional and financial issues. They are left with sudden and unforeseen expenses. But, in addition to their grief, they are also dealing with the trauma of not being able to hold the at-fault party or parties accountable for their actions. In such cases, an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney can help victims and families stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.