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Community Rallies Around Family of Hit-and-Run Victims

By Brian Chase on April 27, 2012 - No comments

Friends of 38-year-old Jose Luis Arreola are helping his family after Arreola was killed and his 7-year-old daughter Angelica was critically injured in a Los Angeles hit-and-run car accident. According to a news report in the Daily Breeze, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on April 20, 2012, Arreola, his wife, Erika, and their daughters Anjelica and Adriana, 3, were walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of Santa Ana Boulevard and Watts Avenue. At that moment a Cadillac Escalade SUV sped toward them as it passed another vehicles that was stopped for the pedestrians.

When Arreola saw the SUV, he grabbed his daughter in an effort to protect her. But the SUV drove through the crosswalk and hit them both. Arreola died from his injuries, while Anjelica suffered major head injuries and remains in a coma. The driver apparently stopped briefly, before running over Arreola again as he accelerated away. The suspect was last seen entering into a nearby housing project. Police say the pedestrians absolutely had the right-of-way and that the driver of the SUV was at fault. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run pedestrian accident is asked to call California Highway Patrol officials at 310-516-3355.

Tragedy Strikes Family

My heartfelt condolences go out to the Arreola family for their devastating loss. Not only did the family lose its provider, but they also have a child who is fighting for her life! The Arreola family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.

Arreola’s colleagues at Green Hills Memorial Park where he fixed sprinklers, mowed laws and helped with burials, are rallying around the family. Employees have scheduled a car wash fundraiser for May 6 at NAPA Auto Parts at 1912 Carson St. in Torrance. The mortuary is also helping the family with Arreola’s burial expenses. The Daily Breeze reports that donations can be made to the Arreola family at Green Hills Mortuary, 27501 S. Western Ave. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Search on for Hit-and-Run Driver

Police say they are taking this egregious hit-and-run case extremely seriously and are looking for the vehicle and driver. They believe the Escalade’s right front fender and grill are damaged. The driver has been described as a heavy-set Latino man with short hair and a goatee. Witnesses said he wore a white T-shirt and a big gold necklace.

If you have any information about this incident, the driver, or the vehicle, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com where you can offer an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. This is a part of our effort to partner with the community and help our law enforcement officials apprehend hit-and-run drivers and hold them accountable.

Compensation for the Family

In this particular case, the driver not only failed to yield the right-of-way to the pedestrians in the crosswalk and mowed them down, but he also left them critically injured and lying on the roadway. Unconscionable! What kind of a person does that? As one of Arreola’s friends said, the driver’s act of running over Arreola once more and leaving the scene showed a total lack of compassion. I certainly hope officials are able to apprehend this driver and bring him to justice.

Injured hit-and-run victims or their families would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

A knowledgeable car accident attorney will be able to advise them about how compensation may be available through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy. If a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

 

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