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Hit-and-run accident leaves Orange County firefighter injured


Posted on Dec 09, 2009

Orange County firefighter, Luke Perisin, is recovering after a pedestrian accident with a hit-and-run driver left him severely injured.
 
The off-duty firefighter and paramedic was struck by a car early on the morning of Saturday December 5. The accident ocurred just before 1 am. The 38-year-old victim had just left the Sandpiper Bar and was crossing the street at a well-lit crosswalk at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Brooks Street. The suspect was driving southbound on South Coast Highway when he crossed over to the wrong side of the street and hit Perisin.
 
Perisin slammed into the windshield.  The impact sent him flying 50 feet.  Perisin suffered head injuries and multiple broken bones, including his pelvis, his ribs, and vertebrae.
 
Police are seeking a white Toyota Prius or Corolla with major front-end damage and possibly a broken windshield.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0359.
  
The number of hit-and-run accidents in California is rising.  Often, drivers leave the scene of an accident because they are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are uninsured or unlicensed, or they are carrying weapons. When caught, hit-and-run drivers face arrest or fines and may lose their job or driving privileges. Leaving vthe scene of an accident is against the law.
   
The Orange County car accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie wish Mr. Perisin a speedy recovery.

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