Two people were killed in a crash outside a North Hollywood liquor store after a vehicle crashed into two other parked cars. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred the evening of March 13 in the area of 11000 W. Oxnard St. when a gray Saturn sedan going south on Vineland Avenue went out of control and ran off the road. The vehicle ended up striking a pedestrian and possibly a patron who was inside the liquor store, LAPD officials said.
Police say the pedestrian was killed as well as a passenger inside the sedan while the driver sustained major injuries. Police said the sedan was traveling at a high rate of speed but didn’t appear to be racing any other vehicles. Two other people, who were inside a parked SUV, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were not hospitalized. The building near the crash did not suffer any structural damage. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in this car accident. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the injured victims of this crash.
The Role of Speed
Based on this news report, LAPD officials say that even though street racing did not occur here, the sedan that triggered the crash was traveling at a high rate of speed before its driver lost control. California law prohibits drivers from violating posted limits and driving at speeds that are unsafe given the traffic, roadway and weather conditions.
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
In such cases, negligent drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses as well. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.