At about 4:20 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, a hit-and-run driver killed an 18-year-old Santa Clarita man after a crash on the 5 Freeway in Sunland, reported the Los Angeles Times. The 2000 Honda Accord coupe the man was riding in crashed into a big rig on the northbound side of the freeway north of Tuxford Street. A 1997 Toyota Corolla collided with the semi as the man and two other people tried to run to safety and then a fourth motorist struck the man and fled. He was declared dead at the scene. The 27-year-old driver of the Corolla sustained moderate trauma. The accident is under investigation.
In Los Angeles County, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 72,593 people in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,893 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death. The OTS ranked Los Angeles the 2nd worst county in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury hit-and-run accidents that year. Nationwide, the annual number of hit-and-run crash deaths has been increasing from 1,274 in 2009 to 1,449 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
California families who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents may file civil claims in order to hold the at-fault parities liable for their losses. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed after the 5 Freeway crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.
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