Authorities in Walnut are looking for a hit-and-run suspect who they say struck and critically injured 23-year-old Kenneth Pak. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the pedestrian crash occurred the night of July 19, 2010 at the intersection of La Puente Road and Flemington Drive. The driver of the vehicle did not stop at the scene.
Officials believe Pak may have been riding a skateboard at the time and that he may not have been in a crosswalk when he was hit, but those details have not yet been confirmed. The accident has left Pak in a coma. Officials are looking for anyone who may have witnessed this collision. Those with information are asked to call Deputy John Rodriguez at 909-595-2264, ext. 3091.
I sympathize with Kenneth Pak and his family members for what they are going through at this time. I pray that Pak makes a complete recovery from his injuries and that the hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic accident statistics, there were 17,158 hit-and-run collisions that resulted in fatalities or injuries in California in 2008. A majority of these car accidents involved injuries. There were 247 deaths in 2008 involving hit-and-run collisions statewide.
Laws and Liability Issues
Leaving the scene of a crash or hit-and-run is a serious crime under California law, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. According to California Vehicle Code 20001 (a): “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.”
In such cases, it would be in the best interests of injured victims to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will examine all aspects of a crash and make sure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how the uninsured/underinsured clause in their auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run collision or in an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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