At about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, a suspected car thief struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in Lomita. Thirty-four-year-old Ignacio Perez stole a vehicle in the 25800 block of Appian Way, driving onto the sidewalk and hitting a man in the 1800 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The man suffered major trauma and was transported to an area hospital. Perez fled the scene, abandoning the vehicle near Western and 256th Street in Harbor City. Fortunately, police were able to apprehend him a short time later.
“When a driver harms others while committing a crime, he or she may be legally obligated to compensate them for expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Lomita accounted for 1 of the 198 fatalities and 3 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 141 of the fatal and 14,735 of the injury crashes that occurred in the state that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the man who was struck and seriously injured by the car thief.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram originally reported this Lomita pedestrian accident.
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