Twelve people were injured, seven of them critically, in a Hollywood car accident on the 170 Freeway that involved several vehicles, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The Sun Valley car accident occurred on the southbound side of the 170 Freeway near Sherman Way in the early morning hours of May 6, 2009. The car accident involved at least four vehicles, California Highway Patrol officials say.
Eleven adults and one minor were taken to area hospitals, Los Angeles city fire officials said. Seven victims suffered critical personal injuries and five sustained relatively minor personal injuries. Firefighters reportedly had to free two victims from the wreckage — a motorist in a red car that had rolled over and another victim trapped in a white car. A man who had been riding a bicycle on a nearby overpass apparently told a camera crew that he saw the Hollywood car crash occur and even saw some of the vehicles involved flee from the scene.
I feel for all the victims who were injured in this car collision. My heart especially goes out to the seriously injured victims and their families, who must be going through a traumatic time right now. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Officials have not yet put out any information about whether this incident involves hit-and-run drivers. But based on the information in this news report, it appears that most drivers who caused this horrible wreck may have fled the scene. Because of the number of vehicles and number of victims involved in this car crash, the CHP investigation is bound to be a complicated one. They will likely spend the next several days talking to the victims and witnesses, examining the debris and other physical evidence from the crash scene.
However, if there were any drivers who left the scene of this car crash, they must be held accountable and brought to justice. Fleeing the scene of an accident, irrespective of whose fault the accident was, is a crime in California. 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.”
If you were seriously injured in this hit and run car crash, please contact experienced California car accident attorneys, who can give you more information about your legal rights and options. You need skilled personal injury attorneys on your side who will help protect your rights, hold the negligent parties accountable and make sure you get fair compensation for your injuries and loss.