hnnA pedestrian was killed after being hit by three vehicles, including a hit-and-run driver, in Long Beach on Saturday evening, December 31, 2022.
According to the Long Beach Police Department, the fatal crash occurred around 6:44 p.m. at the Pacific Avenue and 27th Street intersection.
The victim was walking in Pacific Avenue’s north crosswalk when they were struck by the first car heading north on the same road. The driver then left the scene, leaving the pedestrian in the northbound lane.
A Hyundai Elantra driven by a 27-year-old male local struck the victim still lying on the road. The driver pulled over and called the police, cooperating with their investigation.
The third vehicle, a Honda Odyssey driven by a 78-year-old male local, struck the victim and dragged them to Pacific Avenue and Spring Street. Unaware of the crash, the driver was stopped and cooperated with the authorities.
Responders from the Long Beach Fire Department lifted and stabilized the Honda to remove the trapped pedestrian underneath and declared them dead on the spot.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office will carry out its own investigation and determine the identification of the pedestrian. Anyone with information is urged to contact the authorities.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
Causing an accident and then speeding away from the scene is a serious crime in the United States. The motorist, if caught, will almost certainly be found guilty and handed a severe punishment.
At least one U.S. motorist causes an accident and then flees the scene of the crime every single day. Over 2,000 people have died in such incidents since 2006. According to estimates, over 60% of the dead were pedestrians.
Pedestrians are only able to count on one driver being apprehended for every five times they are hurt in an accident. Some drunk drivers have left their vehicles on the side of the road due to various factors such as drinking, licensing problems, and fear of being caught.
While overall traffic deaths dropped by 14% between 2007 and 2016, there was an alarming 27% increase in pedestrian deaths during the same time.
Between 2009 and 2016, more than half of all unintentional deaths in California were caused by hit-and-run accidents. A large fraction of the 3,562 deaths that occurred nationwide occurred in the Golden State.
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