Hollywood: Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
Posted on Sep 10, 2012
Shortly after 5 a.m. on Monday, September 10, a male pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Hollywood. While driving erratically northbound on Western Avenue, a man struck a tree and then the pedestrian, who was sitting at a bus stop at the time, near Romaine Street. The driver and a passenger exited the vehicle and fled in a blue Mazda; police believe another driver had been following the suspect or responded to a call to pick him up. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver causes an accident resulting in fatal injury, the family of the victim may hold the driver accountable for his or her negligence,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “Unfortunately, in the case of a hit-and-run, the family may not have such recourse.”
In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 4,962 pedestrians in Los Angeles County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s records. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the county that year. Statewide, pedestrian fatalities increased 5.4 percent 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 the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident this morning.
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