Laguna Niguel: Pedestrian Struck, Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
Posted on Sep 07, 2012
In the early morning hours of Friday, September 7, a pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident in Laguna Niguel. Authorities believe the pedestrian may have been riding a skateboard in a crosswalk near the intersection of Golden Lantern and Marina Hills Drive when he was struck, the vehicle dragging him approximately 25 feet before fleeing the scene. A black Nissan Maxima was seen heading south on Golden Lantern around the time the accident occurred. While police located the vehicle abandoned not far from the accident site, they have not found the driver. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to call 949-425-1860.
“A fatal hit-and-run accident can be devastating for the family of the victim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis,” as there is no driver to hold accountable for their loss.”
In Laguna Niguel, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or injured 8 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Laguna Niguel 93rd out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for pedestrian safety in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Hit-and-run was a factor in 8 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year.
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.
The Orange County Register originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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