Police are asking the public to help identify a driver involved in a hit-and-run collision that killed 32-year-old Si Park.
According to a news report, Park was standing next to parked cars on Melrose Avenue near Edgemont Street early on the morning of Oct. 9 when he was struck by a car. Park was thrown into a parked vehicle and suffered major injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle that hit him did not stop at the scene.
The suspect’s vehicle has been described as a black, 2- or 4-door sedan with tinted windows and is said to have continued eastbound on Melrose before turning south on Vermont Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD detectives at (213) 833-3713. Officials are offering a $50,000 reward for information about the suspect leading to his or her arrest and conviction. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members of Si Park for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle left the scene of what turned out to be a fatal crash. According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Motorists are required under the law to stop right away and remain at the scene for authorities to arrive. They are also required to exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the collision and most importantly, render aid to the injured victim. This is the law regardless of whose fault the accident was.
In such cases, family members of deceased victims struggle not only with the grief and trauma of losing a loved one, but also the heartache of not being able to hold the at-fault party accountable. In many cases, families also struggle financially because they have lost a primary wage earner.
In these situations, an experienced Los Angeles hit-and-run lawyer can help families of victims stay on top 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 them about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a case where the hit-and-run driver hasn’t been apprehended or in a situation where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.