A man was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing Mateo Street in Los Angeles on Tuesday April 2nd. The Los Angeles Police Department is asking the public for any information that might be relevant to the pedestrian accident.
The pedestrian, thought to be a transient, was pushing a shopping cart across the street just before 8:00 p.m. when he was struck by a white minivan. The male driver exited his vehicle and looked at the victim prior to getting back into his van and driving away. The pedestrian was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital but he passed away not long after.
The law requires drivers to stay at the scene of an accident until law enforcement arrives. In this particular instance the hit-and-run driver could have also helped the injured man until first responders arrived. The LAPD is asking anyone with possible information regarding the accident and the driver to come forward. It is likely that the front end of the driver’s van will show damage at the point of impact.
Sadly, more than 70,000 pedestrians in the United States were injured or killed last year alone. About six hundred pedestrians are killed and thirteen thousand are injured in California traffic accidents every year.
Pedestrian accident rates are much higher during the evening and night, and this incident is an example of that. If walking after dark, pedestrians should try wearing bright clothing, reflective gear, and flashlights to increase their visibility. Even when taking these measures, it’s a good idea to cross intersections with even more caution than one would exercise during the day.
At Bergener Mirejovsky we are highly experienced in handling pedestrians accident claims. It is very helpful to talk to a qualified Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney immediately. Waiting too long before contacting a firm for legal advice and representation can mean losing the chance to secure evidence, track down witnesses, or even to file a lawsuit. For a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team, call 1.800.881.2021 today.