Some time around 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, firefighters arrived to the on-ramp of the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway in Paramount to find a Chrysler 300 Sedan on top of a minivan. Only the driver of the van, however, remained at the scene of the accident, trapped inside of his vehicle. The driver of the sedan, whom authorities believe ran a red light prior to the crash, fled, as well as two other individuals. The van driver-39-year-old Edwin Lee of Hacienda Heights-died while firefighters attempted to free him from the wreckage. Police are investigating the whereabouts of the driver responsible for this hit-and-run accident.
“I hope the person responsible for this tragic accident is found,” remarked a California injury lawyer. “The driver’s actions were egregiously negligent.”
When a family loses a loved one in an automobile accident and the negligent driver is absent, they not only suffer emotionally but also economically, as there is no one to hold accountable for their loss. Unfortunately, such accidents are not uncommon in California, resulting in 247 fatalities and 22,091 injuries in 2008 alone, according to the California Highway Patrol.
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