At about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, a Mercedes-Benz struck and killed 18-year-old pedestrian Markeis Vonreece Parish in Hyde Park. Parish was crossing Crenshaw Boulevard near 78th Street when the accident occurred. The driver of the Mercedes fled the scene. Police located the vehicle later that day. They are asking witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, to contact South Traffic division detectives at 323-421-2500 or 323-421-2540. To remain anonymous, call 800-222-8477 or visit www.LAPDOnline.org and click on “webtips.”
“In the event of a fatal hit-and-run accident, apprehending the driver can prove crucial to the legal recourse available to the family of the victim,” explained California pedestrian accident lawyer James Ballidis, “as they may have no one to hold liable for their loss otherwise.”
In 2010, 198 pedestrians lost their lives and another 4,786 were injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of California’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 2nd for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Markeis Vonreece Parish, the man whom the Mercedes struck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Hyde Park pedestrian accident.
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