Anthony Chay, 20, was killed in a North Hollywood car accident after a driver rear-ended him as he was stopped on a red light while riding a motorized scooter. According to a KTLA news report, the crash was reported near the intersection of Vineland Avenue and Vanowen Street in North Hollywood early morning on June 6. Police say 24-year-old Jessica Martinez was driving a red, 2004 Audi A4 south on Vineland when she rear-ended the victim.
Speed Was a Factor
Graphic surveillance video that captured the collision shows the Audi traveling fast as it blows through the intersection, sending sparks and the scooter rider flying. The man appeared to be driving a scooter closely resembling a Vespa, KTLA reports. Chay was thrown several hundred feet from the site of the impact and died at the scene. Martinez had continued driving south on Vineland where she crashed into multiple vehicles parked along the side of the road.
The force of the impact caused a white SUV to overturn and the Audi caught fire. Martinez allegedly walked away from the scene, but was detained by bystanders and then formally arrested by officials. She was also treated for minor injuries but charged with murder. Officials said speed appears to be a factor in this crash. They are still trying to determine if alcohol or drugs were factors. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Anthony Chay for their heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Audi was not only speeding but also struck the scooter rider and then left the scene of a fatal crash. Leaving the scene of a crash is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a). Motorists are required to stop right away, remain at the scene of the crash and most importantly, administer aid to those who are injured.
In such cases where negligence and/or wrongdoing may have been a factor, families of deceased crash victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Families may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship.