Three pedestrians suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a driver who officials say was under the influence and was fleeing the scene of another crash nearly struck them. According to a KTLA news report, 32-year-old Luis Tecun allegedly crashed his 2011 Camaro into a vehicle on Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street the night of Jan. 27. He drove away from the scene with the victim trailing behind him. Tecun then allegedly crashed into a parked vehicle at Brand and Maple Street. The impact caused his car to jump the curb and almost strike four pedestrians who were on the sidewalk.
An adult and a child were able to jump out of the way of the incoming car, and Tecun then ran away from the scene. He was eventually stopped by witnesses, and police took him into custody. One of the pedestrians, a 11-month-old baby in a stroller, was pinned against the building by the Camaro. However, the baby was not injured. Two adults and a 7-year-old boy sustained injuries. Tecun was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI hit-and-run. He had a prior DUI arrest and his license is suspended, officials said. Officials found several cans of beer on the passenger side of his car.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this pedestrian accident. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
LA Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 80 injuries reported in the city of Glendale as a result of pedestrian accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 220 people died and 4,856 were injured due to pedestrian collisions. Also, during the same year, countywide, 203 fatalities and 4,469 injuries were reported due to alcohol-related car accidents.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver was not only under the influence, but was also involved in at least three crashes, and attempted to flee the scene each time. Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also illegal to fail to yield to pedestrians. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) prohibits motorists from leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Drivers are required to stop immediately, remain at the scene until authorities, and provide assistance to those who have been injured.
Victims of hit-and-run crashes would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will fight to protect their rights and help them secure fair and full compensation for their losses. A knowledgeable injury attorney will also be able to advise victims about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured.