A car accident in Los Angeles, which involved a hit-and-run driver, resulted in the death of 22-year-old Anthony Medina the night of December 15, 2011. KABC reports that the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles when Medina was struck while crossing the road. The driver of the vehicle that hit him did not stop.
Officials are seeking the public's help to locate the hit-and-run vehicle and suspect. A video of the crash has been posted online to help identify the vehicle and suspect. The suspect vehicle has been described as a 2008 or 2010 model blue Subaru Impreza. An investigation into this hit-and-run car accident is ongoing.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone who knew and loved Anthony Medina for their tragic loss. This grieving family will be in my prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were 179 deaths and 4,918 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In the city of Los Angeles, 82 people were killed and 2,630 were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2009.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: "The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident." In addition to being illegal, leaving the scene of a crash is simply an irresponsible and unconscionable act. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our web site, www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. I trust officials will find this driver and prosecute him or her to the fullest extent of the law.
It would be in the best interests of victims' families in such cases to contact a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will advise them about their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.