Police are searching for the driver who struck and seriously injured two pedestrians in South Los Angeles on Friday, May 4th. While traveling northbound on Broadway Street in a silver 1991 Toyota Previa, 43-year-old Steve Smith hit the 57-year-old woman and her 5-year-old son as they were crossing at 41st Street. Instead of stopping to administer aid, he fled the scene of the accident on foot. Authorities have requested the public’s assistance in locating Smith, who is described as a 5-foot-5-inch tall African American weighing 210 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective M. Kaden at 213-972-7837 or Detective J. Mapson at 213-972-1825; those who wish to provide information anonymously may call 800-222-8477.
“Whenever authorities are able to apprehend the driver after a hit-and-run accident it is usually helpful for the victims, as they then may pursue compensation for expenses related to their injuries,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 177 pedestrians and injured another 5,215 throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 88 pedestrians lost their lives in hit-and-run crashes and another 2,127 were injured in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two pedestrians who were struck and seriously injured by the hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles last Friday.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.