At around 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 17th, 79-year-old Virginia Ramirez was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Pacoima. While traversing the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Mercer Street, Ramirez was struck by what witnesses described as a red Nissan Frontier. The driver exited his vehicle shortly to look at the victim before fleeing the scene. Then a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo hit Ramirez, its driver also failing to stop and administer aid. Witnesses, or anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the drivers, have been asked to call (877) LAPD-24-7.
“Hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating for the victim and his or her family,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In most cases, in the absence of the at-fault driver and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, there will be no party from which to file a claim for expenses related to injuries or to the loss of a loved one.”
In 2009, 177 pedestrians were killed and 5,215 were injured in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run accidents claimed the lives of 88 pedestrians and injured 2,127 in the state. The following year, pedestrian fatalities increased by 5.4 percent, from 567 to 599.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Virginia Ramirez, the woman who was killed in the hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
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