North Hollywood: Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Fatally Injuring Motorcyclist
Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, a hit-and-run driver was arrested after fatally injuring a motorcyclist in North Hollywood, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northbound on Lankershim Boulevard in a red Toyota Camry, 29-year-old Austin Michael Clay turned left onto Magnolia Boulevard in front of a motorcyclist, causing a collision. Instead of stopping to render aid, Clay continued heading west on Magnolia. Fortunately, witnesses followed and detained Clay until authorities arrived. They arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. His girlfriend, 21-year-old Stephanie Hernandez, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy because she switched seats with Clay in an attempt take the blame for the crash. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital, where he later succumbed to the trauma he suffered.
Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,593 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Motorcyclists were involved in 3,155 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 32nd out of 58 counties for its incidence of motorcycle accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
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All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorcyclist who was killed in this crash.