On Tuesday, June 11, a vehicle struck and killed 36-year-old pedestrian Walter Santos, of North Hills, in Sun Valley. Twenty-two-year-old Patrick Sage hit Santos, who was putting on a pair of shoes behind his parked van, with his 2003 Ford Focus while traveling along Clybourn Avenue. Sage attempted to flee the scene of the pedestrian accident, but witnesses detained him. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California pedestrian accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Los Angeles County, 198 pedestrians were killed and 4,786 were injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a contributing factor to 5,962 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county that year, with the OTS ranking Los Angeles 2nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury hit-and-run accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Walter Santos, the pedestrian who was struck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Sun Valley pedestrian accident.
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