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Officials Seek Public’s Help in Finding Driver Who Caused Fatal Hit-and-Run

By Brian Chase on May 12, 2014 - No comments

Authorities have released information about a vehicle of interest in connection with a hit-and-run crash in San Bernardino, which gravely injured 2-year-old Asianae Thomas. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the little was playing outside a relative’s home in the 2400 block of North Mountain Avenue the evening of May 4, 2014 when a pickup truck struck her and fled the scene.

 Tragic Collision

Detectives have released a photo of a dark-colored flatbed truck that was taken off a security camera at a local convenience store just south of where the crash occurred. Officials say the camera shows the vehicle, which has a unique service bed, turned north just one minute before police started getting 911 calls. …Read the rest »

 

Chris Brown Charged with Hit and Run in Los Angeles

By Brian Chase on June 28, 2013 - No comments

Singer Chris Brown was charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney with misdemeanor criminal hit-and-run. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the 24-year-old singer was also charged with driving without a valid license in connection with car accident in May where he rear-ended a Mercedes.

Officials say Brown refused to give his driver’s license to the other driver and gave fake insurance information before leaving the scene. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 15 in a Van Nuys court. If convicted, Brown could face six months in jail for each offense. It is not clear if this case would violate Brown’s probation stemming from a domestic abuse conviction involving ex-girlfriend and singer, Rihanna. …Read the rest »

 

Carson Hit-and-Run Crash Seriously Injures Pedestrian

By Brian Chase on June 25, 2013 - No comments

Miguel Villa Cabrera was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash early morning on June 20, 2013 in Carson. According to a report in The Daily Breeze, the driver of a recently sold black BMW 300i struck Cabrera who was walking in a marked crosswalk on Broadway south of Albertoni Street. Cabrera was hospitalized in serious condition, but he is expected to recover. Officials say the marked crosswalk had a flashing yellow warning light to draw attention to it. The BMW fled the scene, but a witness following the vehicle provided officials with the license plate number of 6MDH070. Police found that the car had been recently sold. They are still trying to find out who bought the car. Anyone with information is asked to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies at 310-847-8380.

It is indeed fortunate that the pedestrian did not suffer life-threatening injuries. This incident could have been a lot worse. I wish Cabrera the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

Pedestrian Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 28 were injured due to pedestrian crashes in Carson. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 195 fatalities and 4,535 injuries were reported due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Violation of Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the BMW, not only struck and seriously injured a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but left him lying on the roadway without stopping to help. Appalling! California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states that all motorists involved in an injury accident must stop and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. They must exchange pertinent information with other parties (insurance, driver’s license, contact information, etc.) and most importantly, render aid to the injured victims. California Vehicle Code 21950 (a) states that motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable

I certainly hope that this hit-and-run driver is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident or the suspect, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Injured hit-and-run victims are also often left holding the bills and facing a number expenses without anyone to hold accountable for what happened to them. In such cases, victims would be well advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. A knowledgeable car accident attorney will also advise victims about how their own car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.

Source: http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_23506261/driver-hits-man-carson-crosswalk-speeds-away?source=pkg

 

Bicyclist Critically Injured in Anaheim Hit-and-Run Crash

By Brian Chase on June 15, 2013 - No comments

A male bicyclist suffered major head injuries after, officials say, he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene in a hit and run. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the major injury collision occurred the night of June 12, 2013 in the 900 block of North Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. The man was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition. Officials say when they arrived the man was found with head injuries and his bicycle lay next to him. Authorities do not have vehicle or driver information. The investigation is ongoing. …Read the rest »

 

Los Angeles Becomes ‘Hit-and-Run Capital of the Nation’

By Brian Chase on January 30, 2013 - No comments

The Los Angeles Police Department is reporting that the city saw 20,000 hit-and-run crashes in 2012, gaining the dubious distinction of being the “hit-and-run capital of the nation.” According to a news report in NBC Los Angeles, out of the 20,000 pedestrians, bicyclists or other motorists who were involved in hit-and-run collisions, 4,000 were injured or killed. Two Los Angeles city councilmen have asked LAPD to explain what it is doing to curb this hit-and-run epidemic.los angeles traffic

How Do We Eradicate Hit-and-Run Crashes?

Councilman Mitchell Englander says he is working on a strategy to crack down on drivers who flee the scene of a crash by toughening the law. He is calling for mandatory vehicle impounds of hit-and-run vehicles. How bad is the situation in Los Angeles? Nationwide, 11 percent of all traffic collisions involve a hit-and-run driver. In Los Angeles, hit-and-run incidents account for 48 percent – nearly half – of all reported traffic accidents.

Last week, California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced legislation extending the statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses to three years from the date of the offense or one year after the suspect is identified by law enforcement, whichever is later. Similar legislation has been passed for other crimes such as clergy abuse. Such a law, Gatto hopes, will help hold hit-and-run drivers accountable, thereby giving a sense of justice and closure to victims and their families.

The Hit-and-Run Reward Program

The California personal injury law firm of Bisnar | Chase has an ongoing Hit-and-Run Reward Program, which offers a $1,000 for any tip that leads to the arrest and felony conviction of a hit-and-run driver. Anyone who has a tip on a hit-and-run case can leave it anonymously on our website, www.hitandrunreward.com. This is our way of partnering with the community and local law enforcement officials to put hit-and-run drivers on notice and offer an incentive to hold these wrongdoers accountable. hit and run reward

Los Angeles hit-and-run victims and their families suffer significantly after the incident because they are left to face all the emotional and financial burdens with no one to hold accountable. Victims and their families in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced  personal injury lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and help ensure that they are fairly compensated for their significant losses.

 

Woman Fatally Injured in Garden Grove Hit and Run Collision

By Brian Chase on December 6, 2012 - No comments

Maria Hernandez, 60, was killed in a Garden Grove hit and run. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal hit and run collision occurred the morning of December 5, 2012 at the intersection of Katella Avenue and Gilbert Street. Hernandez was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk pushing an unoccupied wheelchair. A yellow, taxi minivan, which was westbound and doing 40 mph hit the woman and fled the scene.

Officials suspect that Hernandez was crossing against the light and that the taxi had the green light at the time. Hernandez was transported to a local trauma center where she died from her injuries. Police are still looking for the hit and run taxi and its driver. Anyone with information is asked to call California Highway Patrol officials at 949-559-7888.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Maria Hernandez for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accidents

Three people died and 44 were injured as a result of Garden Grove pedestrian accidents in 2010, the California Highway Patrol reports. During the same year, 32 fatalities and 770 injuries were reported due to pedestrian accidents in Orange County.

Violation of Laws

Based on this news article, it appears that the taxi struck Hernandez who was attempting to cross the roadway in a marked crosswalk. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Regardless of the circumstances of the accident, the law requires motorists involved to stop immediately and remain at the scene, especially when someone has been injured or killed. Motorists are required to exchange information with other parties involved in the crash and most importantly, get help for injured victims. In this particular case, the motorist decided to drive away, leaving the critically injured victim lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Unconscionable!

Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Accountable

I certainly hope that the hit and run driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you saw this incident or have information about it, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.

Families of deceased hit-and-run victims have rights and deserve just compensation. An experienced Garden Grove personal injury lawyer will be able to stay on top of the official investigation and protect their rights. A knowledgeable attorney will be able to explain how the family’s auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or in a case where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured.

 

 


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