Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information after a hit-and-run driver struck and seriously injured a pedestrian while driving on the wrong side of the road near Runyon Canyon trail in Hollywood Hills. The victim, a 60-year-old man, was hit by a gray 2019 BMW M5 and suffered serious injuries at the scene. According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred on the afternoon of June 27 when the victim was walking west on Mulholland Drive and Pacific View Drive Trail. The offending driver was traveling east on westbound lanes at the time of the crash, LAPD officials said.
The victim was seriously injured and the driver did not stop to help. The driver was described as a man between 20 and 35 years old. The vehicle is described as a gray four-door sedan with major windshield damage and a temporary plate with the number AJ33L66. Anyone with information about the crash or the driver is asked to call the LAPD at 818-644-8036.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the hit-and-run victim who has been seriously injured. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Under California law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal car accident or pedestrian accident. California Vehicle Code 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.”
In such cases, injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. At-fault motorists can be held liable for injuries and damages caused.
However, when the hit-and-run driver hasn’t been apprehended or identified, victims may still be able to seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policies. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer can help victims or families better understand how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash where the driver has not been identified, or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.