A woman in her mid-20s was hospitalized in critical condition after a Long Beach pedestrian accident, which officials said, involved a hit and run driver. According to a City News Service report, police responded to the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 3rd Street the night of Jan. 15 where they found the woman lying in the street, unconscious but breathing.
Paramedics transported her to a local hospital where she remained in critical condition. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark blue or black four-door Honda. The model is not known. There is no driver description available. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured victim. We wish her 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 struck the woman and left her lying in the street without stopping or waiting until officials arrived. This is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). California law requires motorists to stop immediately at the scene of an injury or fatal crash, exchange pertinent information with all involved in the incident and most importantly, getting help for the injured victim or victims.
Justice for Victims
In hit and run crashes, it is often the victims who suffer the most. They suffer serious injuries that often require not just lengthy hospitalization, but also extensive rehabilitation. Critically injured victims may suffer permanent injuries and disabilities, and perhaps, even lose their ability to earn a livelihood. But, when the hit and run driver is not identified or apprehended, it may be challenging for victims and their families to seek compensation for their losses or even feel like justice has been served.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run crash, it is important that you contact an experienced Long Beach hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and that your rights are protected every step of the way. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to help you understand how your auto insurance policy might work in a case where the driver has not been identified or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.