A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the injury pedestrian accident occurred the afternoon of February 9, 2011 at the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Wing Lane in Valinda. The boy was thrown 15 feet from the point of impact and briefly lost consciousness. The driver who struck the boy fled the scene. The injured teen was transported to a local hospital where he is said to be recovering.
Police officials describe the suspect as a Latino man in his 40s and the hit-and-run car as a dark blue Chevrolet sedan, similar to a Caprice or an older police car, with Arizona license plates. The car’s grill was apparently damaged and the passenger side of the windshield was shattered in the accident. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to call California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.
My heart goes out to this young man and his family for what they are going through at this time. It is indeed fortunate and a relief that he did not sustain life-threatening injuries. I pray for this young victim’s swift and full recovery.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 35 fatalities and 295 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Countywide in 2008, pedestrian accidents claimed 214 lives and injured 4,985 people.
Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident
Based on this news account, the teenager had the light and was crossing in a marked crosswalk at an intersection. The driver not only failed to yield right-of-way to the teen, but mowed him down and did not even stop to look. The driver apparently fled the scene leaving the boy lying on the roadway, unconscious. This is an appalling act of cruelty. This motorist showed a callous disregard for a human life here. Leaving the scene of an injury car accident is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).
I truly hope this individual is promptly apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run reward web site. We, not only offer an opportunity for those with information to leave anonymous tips, but doing so also makes them eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Injured victims and their families in such cases would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims how their car insurance policy applies to a hit-and-run car accident where the driver is not identified or in a case where the at-fault driver does not have insurance.
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