Officials are looking for the driver and vehicle involved in an apparent hit-and-run crash that left one woman fatally injured in South Los Angeles. According to a KTLA news report, officers responded to the incident at the intersection of East 106th Street and South Avalon Boulevard the morning of Oct. 8 in the Green Meadows neighborhood. When they arrived, the police saw a person lying on the ground.
Paramedics pronounced the victim, described as a woman in her 30s and 40s, dead at the scene. Police say the victim was likely killed in a hit and run crash at East 108th Street and may have been dragged by the vehicle and dislodged at the location where they found her. The suspect’s description has not yet been released. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD at 323-421-2500.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Hit and Run Crashes
Los Angeles has gained notoriety over the years as the hit-and-run capital of the nation. According to a recent report in Curbed LA, there were more than 100,000 hit-and-run cases in the city of Los Angeles from 2014 to 2018. Of those, 23,698 were felony hit-and-run cases, meaning that someone was hurt in the crash. Fewer than 16,000 drivers were arrested in that four-year time span and only 715 of them on suspicion of felony crimes. In 2016, an NBC Los Angeles investigation suggested that as many as 50 percent of collisions in Los Angeles County are hit-and-run incidents.
Justice for Hit and Run Victims
According to California Vehicle Code 20001 (a), it is illegal for a driver to leave the scene of an injury or fatal accident. Drivers have the legal obligation to stop, remain at the scene of the accident, exchange pertinent information with other parties and most importantly, obtain aid for the injured victims. In this particular case, the driver did none of the above, but simply left, leaving the victim lying in the roadway.
As Los Angeles car accident lawyers who represent victims of hit-and-run crashes, we see first-hand, the physical, emotional and financial devastation these incidents cause. Leaving the scene of an accident is an unethical and inexcusable act. Fear or panic is simply not a good enough excuse for leaving an injured person lying on the roadway. Families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer to better understand their legal rights and options.