Carson: Hit-and-Run Driver Fatally Struck Pedestrian Papaivai Masaga
Posted on Nov 28, 2011
At around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26th, the driver of a black Ford Mustang fatally struck 58-year-old pedestrian Papaivai Masaga in Carson and fled the scene. Masaga was crossing in the 22000 block of Main Street when the accident occurred and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The vehicle, which authorities believe is a model year between 1994 and 1998, was last scene traveling westbound on West 223rd Street. Police have asked that witnesses contact the sheriff’s Carson station at 310-830-1123, explains a California personal injury attorney.
Carson accounted for none of the 177 fatalities and 28 of the 5,215 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of counties with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 3rd out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Papaivai Masaga, the pedestrian who was fatally struck in Carson last Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
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