At about 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14th, a semi struck and seriously injured 50-year-old Bartola Sarabia in Industry and then fled the scene. The hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Temple Avenue when a semi exited the 605 Freeway and collided with Sarabia, who was ‘in a marked crosswalk, with a green light,’ according to an interview with a California Highway Patrol officer that was published in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Sarabia suffered major trauma and was transported to a hospital. The truck was last seen traveling east on Valley Boulevard. Witnesses have been asked to contact the Baldwin Park California Highway Patrol office at 626-338-1164.
“Although the incidence of hit-and-run accidents in the state has been decreasing in recent years, each collision has the potential to take a tremendous toll on the victim,” explained a California personal injury lawyer.
Industry accounted for none of the 177 fatalities and 5 of the 5,215 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run accidents claimed 185 lives and injured 20,260 people in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish Bartola Sarabia, the pedestrian who was struck by the semi and seriously injured, a full recovery.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
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