At about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed 101-year-old Jose Noriega in Boyle Heights, reported the Los Angeles Times. Forty-one-year-old Ricardo Avalos hit Noriega with his 1997 Chevy Astro van as he crossed South Lorena Street at Opal Street in a marked crosswalk. Emergency responders transported Noriega to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered a short time later. Witnesses followed Avalos and blocked his van with their vehicles until police arrived. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3713 or Det. Felix Padilla at 213-486-0753.
Pedestrians accounted for 171 of the 542 traffic fatalities and 4,850 of the 72,056 injuries suffered in Los Angeles County in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,893 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Los Angeles that year. Compared to 57 other California counties, Los Angeles ranked the 3rd worst for pedestrian accidents and the 2nd worst for hit-and-run accidents.
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All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Noriega.
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