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LAPD Seeks Person of Interest in Fatal Echo Park Hit-and-Run Crash

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LAPD officials are looking for a woman who has been identified as a “person of interest” in a hit-and-run crash that left two people dead.

Angelique Teresa Chaidez is wanted for questioning in the Feb. 24 crash that resulted in the deaths of 58-year-old Morena Del Carmen Alvarado-Lopez and 71-year-old Juan Monroy Bahena. Police have received information that could lead to the identification of the driver who crashed into them, officials said.

Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

Chaidez, who currently has an arrest warrant for a failure-to-appear felony, is described as a 46-year-old woman, 5-foot-8, weighing 175 pounds, with red or blonde hair and blue eyes. Alvarado-Lopez and Bahena were walking northbound on Sunset Boulevard at White Knoll Drive when they were struck by a red or burgundy four-door sedan before reaching the north curb of Sunset Boulevard.

They were dragged about 50 feet before being dislodged from the vehicle. Police released a graphic video of the incident soon after it occurred, hoping that they would find the responsible person. They also offered a $50,000 reward for information about the driver.

The driver took off without rendering aid to the victims or identifying themselves. Alvarado-Lopez died at the hospital of severe injuries, while Bahena died a month later. The couple was not in a crosswalk, and the driver probably would not have been arrested had they remained at the scene and cooperated with officials, police said.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Morena Del Carmen Alvarado-Lopez and Juan Monroy Bahena for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news report, the driver fled the scene without stopping to help the critically injured pedestrians. While police have said the pedestrians were not in a crosswalk, it is still unclear why the driver who was driving on an empty street at the time failed to spot the pedestrians crossing the roadway and why they failed to stop in time to avoid the collision. It is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an injury or fatal collision.

In such cases, victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and protect their legal rights and best interests.

 

Source: https://ktla.com/news/local-news/person-of-interest-sought-in-fatal-echo-park-hit-and-run/

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