At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 17th, a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles. The man was struck while traversing a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 42nd Street and Central Avenue. A second vehicle hit the man before good Samaritans could assist him, dragging him several hundred feet. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are searching for the vehicles and drivers involved in the crash, one of which was described as a large, green SUV.
“A fatal hit-and-run accident can take a tremendous toll on the family of the victim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis,” as there is no driver to hold accountable for the loss of their loved one.”
Los Angeles County accounted for 177 of the 596 fatalities and 5,215 of the 13,083 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in California, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the incidence of fatal and injury collisions in 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 3rd for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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