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Commerce: Jose Mendoza Killed in Hit-and-Run, Driver Hugo Chavez Arrested


On Thursday, July 26th, 19-year-old Jose Mendoza was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Commerce. The accident occurred while what witnesses described as a street race was taking place in the 5200 block of Randolph Street. On Saturday, July 28th, 21-year-old Hugo Chavez, the driver suspected to be responsible for the fatal crash, turned himself in to the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station, where he is being detained in lieu of $100,000 bail.

“It is fortunate when police are able to apprehend the driver who caused a fatal hit-and-run accident,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “as the family of the victim may then hold the driver accountable for their loss.”

Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 72,010 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That year, hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Mendoza, the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Commerce collision.

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