Four people, including a baby, were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, which officials say, involved six vehicles and one hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury car accident occurred the afternoon of December 5, 2010 on the eastbound 10 Freeway near Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park.
The initial accident involving three vehicles caused a Honda to go over the center median and strike three other cars in the westbound lanes. The Honda burst into flames, but two adults and an infant who were in the car were able to get out safely. They and the female driver of a Mazda were hospitalized with injuries, but are expected to survive. A Dodge van that was involved in the initial accident fled the scene and was later found a short distance away. The driver of the Dodge, described as a man in his fifties, is expected to face hit-and-run charges. Officials are also determining if driving under the influence was a factor.
My heart goes out to everyone who was injured in this car accident. I wish them the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
There were four fatalities and 289 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in Baldwin Park, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, officials suspect that the driver of the Dodge van may have been under the influence. The driver also fled the scene of an injury car accident, which is illegal under California law. 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.”
Leaving the scene of a car accident is not only illegal, but is also an unconscionable and irresponsible act. To be involved in such a horrific accident and then to leave the victims, which included an infant in this case, at the scene without help or medical attention is unacceptable and just appalling! I’m glad that the hit-and-run driver was promptly apprehended.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
If the driver of the Dodge is determined to have caused this fiery car accident, he could not only face criminal charges, but also be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk and negligent drivers.
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