A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike in Hawthorne. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, police asked for the public’s help to identify the driver involved in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Doty and Rosecrans avenues.
Investigators say the teenager had just started riding his bike north across Rosecrans in a marked crosswalk along Doty Avenue when a car going east in the left lane of eastbound Rosecrans hit him at a high rate of speed. The boy suffered a major head injury and was taken to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition.
Police Release Image of Vehicle
The driver who struck the boy did not stop. The vehicle has been described as a white, four-door Toyota, possibly a Camry. Police, who released an image of the suspect vehicle from a nearby security camera, say it likely has extensive front-end and front windshield damage. Anyone with information about the identity or the whereabouts of the driver or the vehicle is urged to call 911 or the Hawthorne Police Department at (310) 349-2700.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the seriously injured teenager. We truly wish his injuries are not catastrophic and that he makes a quick and complete recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Justice for Injured Victims
Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is against California law. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), drivers are required to stop at the scene, wait until officials arrive and most importantly render aid to injured victims. In bicycle accidents, it could make a big difference when the victim gets timely medical attention. In some cases, it could make the difference between life and death.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents often struggle with medical expenses and other costs. It would be in their best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims and their families about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit and run crash where the driver has not been apprehended or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.