A 23-year-old woman was killed in a Burbank pedestrian accident after officials said a hit-and-run driver who may have been under the influence struck her.
According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred the night of Dec. 10 near San Fernando Boulevard and Delaware Road in Burbank. Authorities believe the victim had been walking in a crosswalk when the vehicle struck her. Officials say the suspect vehicle may have dragged her for several blocks.
The driver reportedly abandoned his vehicle on a sidewalk and fled the scene on foot. The suspect whom officials identified as a 49-year-old man from Granada Hills was later located in a nearby parking garage and arrested. Police say excessive speed and alcohol may have played a role in this fatal pedestrian accident.
Police are also looking into whether the same driver is connected to another crash that occurred on the 5 Freeway near Burbank Boulevard just minutes before this one. The man is facing multiple charges including vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence. It is not clear if anyone else was injured in the earlier freeway crash.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a driver who officials say was not only speeding and driving under the influence but also fled the scene of a fatal crash. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Motorists are also required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a). Also, California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop immediately after a crash and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. In such situations, drivers must also exchange pertinent information with other parties and assist injured victims.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, motorists may also be held financially liable for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care, and companionship.
An experienced Los Angeles DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to guide families through what can be a complex and emotionally-draining process.