At around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 26th, a black BMW ran a red light, striking and killing a pedestrian before colliding with a school bus carrying 46 Roosevelt High School students, 18 of whom were hospitalized for their injuries, explains a California injury attorney.
The accident occurred at the intersection of First Street and Soto Avenue in Boyle Heights. The 17-year-old driver and two passengers fled the scene. A construction worker quickly apprehended the driver and one passenger; the other passenger was arrested that evening at a nearby hospital while seeking treatment for injuries. All three teens will be taken to juvenile detention after receiving medical treatment, reported the Los Angeles Times. Police have recommended that the driver be charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter and the passengers with conspiracy. Authorities are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.
“Unfortunately, teenagers are especially prone to reckless driving,” remarked a California injury attorney. “Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.”
The high incidence of fatal teenage collisions prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to designate October 17th through 24th National Teen Driver Safety Week. According to the NHTSA, driver inexperience, impaired driving, failing to wear seat belts, and distracted driving (texting-while-driving) are among the main factors contributing to the high accident rate. For every mile driven, teens are involved in three times as many fatal accidents as all other drivers.
The NHTSA has created a website to inform parents of the risks and offer them resources to prevent reckless teenage driving through increased seat belt use, graduated driver’s licenses, and reduced access to alcohol.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of the pedestrian who was killed in yesterday’s Boyle Heights school bus accident. They would also like to wish all of the Roosevelt High School students who were injured a full recovery.
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