A 65-year-old man was in grave condition after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles. According to a KABC news report, the crash occurred the night of Sept. 9 at Century Boulevard near Main Street. Los Angeles police said a vehicle was traveling westbound on Century Boulevard and hit the man. The driver left the scene and remains at large. It appears that the victim was using a walker when he was struck crossing the street.
LAPD officials said the man suffered major internal injuries and remained in grave condition. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a sedan possibly a Honda, according to police. A $25,000 reward has been offered to anyone with information about this collision. Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD at 323-421-2500.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this critically injured victim. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Honda sedan left the scene of a crash that had resulted in a major injury. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal collision. The law requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the crash until authorities arrive. They are also required to exchange pertinent information with other parties involved and most importantly, obtain help and medical aid for the injured victim. In this particular situation, the driver failed to stop and render aid to the victim, which could have been something as simple as calling 911.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In such cases, injured victims and their families are put in the difficult position of having to pay steep medical bills. If the driver is not found, the victim or his family has no one to hold accountable. This can be emotionally and financially draining for injured victims and their families.
Hit-and-run victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident 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 lawyer 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 found, or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.