New surveillance video shows a truck striking and critically injuring 33-year-old Lisette Medrano in Bell Gardens and taking off without stopping, leaving her lying in the roadway.
According to a KABC news report, the victim’s family has said she is fighting for her life in the hospital. They said she suffered intestinal damage, broken legs and ribs, and is in her sixth surgery after the crash.
The Bell Gardens Police Department is seeking the public’s help to identify the vehicle and the hit-and-run driver. The incident occurred on April 9 when Medrano left a friend’s home on Eastern Avenue. Police say Medrano walked from the sidewalk to the driver’s side of her parked car.
As she tried to open a door, a white pickup truck crashed into her, sideswiped her car, and hit a second, parked car. Police say that after the collision, the suspect’s brake lights are seen briefly illuminated, indicating that the driver knew a collision occurred, but made no attempt to stop to help the victim or call 911.
Police officers who were patrolling the area said they found Medrano lying on the roadway bleeding from her head. She was conscious and transported to the hospital. Medrano has been listed in critical condition. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Bell Gardens police at 562-806-7600.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisette Medrano, who is apparently fighting for her life after this horrific crash. We wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Justice for Victims
Based on this news report, the driver of the truck not only struck and critically injured Medrano but left her lying in the street without alerting the authorities or rendering aid. We hope the driver is identified and brought to justice. In the meantime, Medrano’s family members have started a crowd-funding campaign to help pay for her mounting medical expenses. This is a common challenge for hit-and-run victims and their families. Not only are they left with physical and emotional pain, but they must also deal with the financial challenges posed by unforeseen expenses.
In such cases, it would be in victims’ best interests to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will also advise victims about how to seek compensation through their own auto insurance policy, particularly when the at-fault driver has not been identified or if the driver is uninsured or underinsured.