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Watts: Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Pedestrian Jose Arriola and Injured Daughter Anjelica

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At around 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20th, a hit-and-run driver killed 38-year-old pedestrian Jose Arriola and injured his 7-year-old daughter, Anjelica, in Watts. While traversing a crosswalk at the intersection of Santa Ana Boulevard and Watts Avenue, Arriola and his daughter were struck by a white Cadillac Escalade. Instead of remaining at the scene to administer aid, the driver, who is described as a heavy-set Latino man with short hair and a goatee, drove over the pedestrians and fled. Paramedics transported them to the hospital, where Arriola died and his daughter remains in critical condition in a coma. Authorities are searching for the driver, whose vehicle is missing the front Cadillac emblem and should be damaged on the right front end. Witnesses, or anyone with information, have been asked to contact the CHP at 323-259-2010. 

“Fatal hit-and-run accidents can be especially devastating for the family of the victim,” explained a California personal injury lawyer, “as there is no driver to hold accountable for expenses arising from the loss.” 

Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 177 pedestrians and injured another 5,215, according to the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 88 of the 185 fatalities and 2,127 of the 20,260 injuries suffered in hit-and-run accidents were attributed to pedestrians. The following year, pedestrian fatalities increased by 5.4 percent in the state, from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010. 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Arriola. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his daughter Anjelica.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Watts pedestrian accident

Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

Category: Pedestrian Accident

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