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Watts: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Killed Miguel Mendez

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At around 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed 18-year-old special needs student Miguel Mendez in Watts. Mendez was crossing Broadway near Century Boulevard when the late-model, green Chrysler Town & Country minivan hit him. He was declared dead at the scene. Surveillance videos indicated that the van did not have its headlights on. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 877-LAPD-24-7.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is a violation of California law,” explained personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents claimed 147 lives and injured 19,009 people in the state in 2010.”

Throughout Los Angeles County, 198 pedestrians lost their lives and another 4,786 were injured in accidents in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred that year in the county.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Miguel Mendez, the special needs student who was struck and killed last Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.

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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.

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