A 62-year-old homeless man was killed after getting struck by a hit-and-run driver in Boyle Heights on Sunday night, June 20.
The accident transpired at approximately 10:46 p.m. at 1606 S. Grande Vista Avenue in Boyle Heights. The homeless man was reportedly attempting to cross the road when he was suddenly struck by a passing vehicle.
The driver did not stop to help the victim and drove away from the scene. The victim sustained fatal injuries from the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the victim has not been disclosed.
The police are actively looking for the whereabouts of the hit-and-run driver. Local authorities are further investigating the case.
Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
Leaving the scene after an accident is already a crime in itself. Unfortunately, hit-and-run cases are rampant all over the country. In 2016, approximately 2,049 hit-and-run fatalities were reported in the U.S. Annually, around 682,000 hit-and-run accidents occurred in the country.
Common reasons why hit-and-run drivers flee the scene are intoxication, driving without a license, and fear of getting arrested if they remain. Pedestrians are common victims of hit-and-run accidents.
California isn’t a safe place for pedestrians. California’s pedestrian fatality rate is 25% higher than the national average. Nearly 7,500 pedestrians have died, while 14,000 were injured in California between 2009 and 2018.
Los Angeles County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Hit-and-Run Accidents
If you or your loved one was injured – or worse – killed in a hit-and-run accident, you’re likely to be overwhelmed in the aftermath. While you attend to the vital task of moving forward toward a full physical and emotional recovery, allow your hit-and-run accident lawyer to help guide your claim toward its best possible resolution.
Arash Law’s experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyers have extensive expertise and knowledge representing California pedestrians who have been injured or killed in pedestrian accident cases. We have an intimate understanding of the law that applies in such circumstances.
We take the time to get to know our clients and their cases in intimate detail, enabling us to obtain the most favorable settlements or jury verdicts possible for our clients. Call our office at (888) 488-1391 today to discuss your accident with a lawyer for hit-and-run cases.