A 65-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash after he was struck by a vehicle and dragged on the street for 75 feet. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal pedestrian collision occurred the night of July 2, 2013 at the intersection of Alameda and Oak streets in Compton. Police say the victim was dragged for about 75 feet. The driver failed to stop and continued northbound on Alameda Street before turning onto Pine Street. Officials have described the suspect vehicle as a white sedan, possibly a Pontiac or a Chevy, which sustained significant damage in the crash. Police are checking with neighboring businesses to see how much of the incident may have been captured by surveillance cameras.
Based on this news report, it appears that the victim was crossing the street at an intersection when he was struck and dragged by the vehicle. The driver, officials say, did not even stop to help the severely injured victim. Instead, he or she simply drove away, leaving the victim lying on the street without care or medical attention. Outrageous!
California law states that it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury crash. California Vehicle Code 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.” The actions after a collision can be critical for injured victims. That is why the law requires motorists to render any possible assistance to the victim. This could be as simple as picking up a cell phone and calling 911.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope that the suspect in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about the suspect or the vehicle, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward. This program is a part of our effort to partner with law enforcement and the community to ensure that hit-and-run drivers are held accountable.
Often, it is the family of a deceased hit-and-run victim that is faced with expenses such as medical and funeral costs. When the deceased victim is a breadwinner, families’ financial future becomes uncertain. It is important that victims’ families in such cases contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will be able to advise victims or their families about what types of compensation are available for their significant losses.