At about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2014, 19-year-old Jerry Arredondo Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on 105th Street, the driver of a 2013 Chevy Camaro may have, according to residents of the neighborhood, bottomed-out at a deceptively big dip at Wadsworth and then lost control, striking Arredondo as he stepped out of his Infiniti. The impact sent him into the air and into a small tree with such force its trunk split in half. He was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Camaro, a rental, collided with several other vehicles and then fled in a friend’s silver BMW 5 series model. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the LAPD’s South Traffic division at (323) 421-2500.
Jerry Arredondo Jr. leaves behind his mother, Aracelia Sandoval, a 15-year-old sister, and two brothers, ages 8 and 2 years old, as well as several relatives and friends.
Hit-and-run accidents are a serious problem in Los Angeles County. In 2011, drivers fled the scene of 5,893 crashes that resulted in injury or death, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Los Angeles ranked the second worst in the state for hit-and-run crashes. Far too many accident victims in the county are suffering not only from painful injuries or the loss of their loved ones but also from the financial burden that accompanies serious collisions and for which the at-fault driver would normally be responsible.
We hope the authorities catch the reckless driver who claimed this young man’s life and offer our condolences to his family and friends for their loss.
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