A man is critically injured and fighting for his life after a hit-and-run crash in Westlake when he was struck by a car, which then sped away from the scene. According to a KTLA news report, LAPD has released a graphic surveillance video of the incident, which occurred the night of April 13 at the intersection of 3rd and Witmer streets. Police say the victim was crossing the street against a red light when he paused to allow one car to pass nearby before being struck by another car.
Horrific Accident Scene
Officials said even though the driver had the green light, the car failed to stop at the scene and continued on. The video shows a gray or silver car hitting the man. Officials say it may be a Honda. No driver description was available. The victim, said to be about 50 years old, has suffered severe injuries and has been hospitalized in critical but stable condition. The city has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713.
We offer our thoughts and prayers to the injured victim of this hit-and-run crash. We wish him the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
Leaving the Scene of the Crash
According to statistics, more than half of all traffic accidents in Los Angeles are hit-and-run crashes. It is illegal under California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an injury crash. Under this law, drivers are required to stop immediately, remain at the scene of the crash, exchange pertinent information with others involved in the collision and most importantly, render aid to the injured. In this case, it is apparent from the video that the driver did not stop for the pedestrian who was walking in the crosswalk, even though the pedestrian did not have the light, and then left the scene.
This is an illustration of a case where the driver had the duty of care to stop at the crosswalk even if he or she had the green light to go. Drivers are required to exercise care, particularly at crosswalks and intersections. In addition, this driver left the scene. As a motorist, you have a duty to stop and remain at the scene, whether or not the accident was your fault.
In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident lawyer to explore their legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.