Officials in Los Angeles have announced a $25,000 reward for information that helps find the hit-and-run motorist responsible for critically injuring a 40-year-old male pedestrian in South Los Angeles. According to a City News Service report, LAPD officials said the man was injured the afternoon of April 3 at Broadway and 43rd Street, and remains hospitalized.
Police released security video of the hit-and-run vehicle, described as a white 2014-2020 Toyota Tacoma pickup with a cargo roof rack, black rims and a bed cover. Officials did not have a description for the motorist. A standing $25,000 reward was in effect offered by the city of Los Angeles for information that helps solve hit and run cases. Anyone with information about the incident or the hit-and-run driver is asked to contact LAPD detectives at 213-833-3713.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the seriously injured pedestrian who remains hospitalized with major injuries. We wish him the very best for a speedy and full recovery.
Hit and Run Capital
Los Angeles has the most number of hit-and-run crashes in the nation, when you compare large metro areas around the country. According to a recent NBC data analysis, there were more than 28,000 reported hit and run crashes during the year 2015 in Los Angeles County. Also, 50% of all incidents in Los Angeles County involve a hit-and-run driver. The national average for hit and run crashes is 11%, according to the American Automobile Association.
Victims Suffer Tremendous Losses
While some hit-and-run crashes don’t involve injuries at all, there are a number of car accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents involving a hit-and-run driver that often result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. As in this particular hit-and-run case in South Los Angeles, victims and their families are left searching for answers and dealing with significant medical bills and emotional pain as a result of not being able to hold the at-fault driver accountable.
California law requires drivers who are involved in an injury or fatal collision to stop immediately, remain at the scene until authorities arrive, exchange information with other parties involved in the collision and most importantly, render aid to the injured victim. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run crash, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who can stay on top of the official investigation and help ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way. An experienced attorney will also know how to seek and obtain maximum compensation for your losses.