Nine people were injured after a large white van plowed into a crowd of people in Mid-Wilshire. According to a KTLA news report, the collision occurred the afternoon of July 30, 2017 at 5088 West Pico Boulevard near The Fish Spot, a restaurant in the area. Police say the driver allegedly swerved to avoid another vehicle, jumped the curb and drove through a fence before hitting several pedestrians in front of the restaurant.
One victim, a 44-year-old man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Three others, 18, 28 and 30, were transported in serious condition and four other victims were said to be in fair condition. The driver fled the scene after the collision and was arrested in connection with a hit and run crash. The driver was also transported to the hospital after suffering from some type of medical distress.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report and eyewitness statements, it appears that the driver swerved to avoid other vehicles and went right into the group of pedestrians. It is unclear as to what caused the driver to swerve. Was he suffering from some type of medical condition? Was he impaired at the time of the crash? Was he speeding or distracted? Why did he leave the scene of the collision, which is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a)? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitative treatment, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. The best car accident lawyers who will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.