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Long Beach: Hit-and-Run Driver Struck, Killed Pedestrian Robert Diaz


At about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed 55-year-old pedestrian Robert Diaz in Long Beach. A silver four-door sedan-possibly a Honda Accord, Honda Civic, or Nissan Altima-struck Diaz, who used a wheelchair, as he attempted to cross the intersection of Rose Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. Described as a man in his 30s standing about 6 feet tall with dark hair and weighing about 200 pounds, the driver initially stopped his vehicle and walked toward the scene of the accident, according to a witness; however, when officers responded to the location, the suspect had driven away. Emergency responders transported Diaz to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning. Witnesses, or anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the driver or vehicle, are asked to call Long Beach police at 562-570-7355.

“In the absence of the driver responsible for the fatal accident, the family of the victim must not only endure the emotional pain of losing a loved one but also the financial burden,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

In 2010, 257 pedestrians lost their lives or were injured in accidents that occurred in Long Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked Long Beach 4th out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents; 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 599 pedestrians lost their lives that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Diaz, the pedestrian who was struck and killed.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach hit-and-run accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on pedestrian rights and on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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