North Hollywood: Elderly Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run, Driver Caught
Posted on Nov 12, 2012
At about 5 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, an elderly pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in North Hollywood. A 21-year-old man in a black GMC pickup struck the man in the 8100 block of Lankershim Boulevard. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The driver fled the scene but was involved in another accident on the 5 Freeway two hours later. After linking items found in the driver’s vehicle to the victim, investigators concluded he was involved in the accident. Once he is released from the hospital, he faces charges for felony hit-and-run.
“Once a hit-and-run driver has been apprehended, he or she may be held criminally and civilly accountable for the accident,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “The driver may face fines and imprisonment, as well as personal injury or wrongful death claims.”
In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 198 pedestrians and injured another 4,786 in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Los Angeles ranked 3rd out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving pedestrians aged 65 and older in a California Office of Traffic Safety rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the elderly pedestrian who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this North Hollywood accident.
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