It’s nothing less than an unconscionable act of cowardice to hit someone and then drive away without checking to see if they are alright. California law is clear; if a driver gets into an accident, they will remain at the scene until released by law enforcement officers. Further, if others are injured, that driver is expected to render aid to them if possible.
Patch.com reports that a woman was struck and killed in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Investigators say that the unidentified victim was attempting to cross the street in a marked crosswalk located at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Gramercy Place. A driver of a silver sedan heading westbound on Washington Boulevard struck the woman while she was in the crosswalk.
Eyewitnesses at the scene told Los Angeles Police Officers responding to the emergency that the vehicle neither slowed down nor stopped after hitting the woman. Authorities believe that alcohol or drugs may have been involved.
Emergency crews and paramedics responded to the scene and transported the woman to an area hospital for treatment for injuries she suffered in the crash. She was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the trauma center.
In a written statement, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said, “Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.”
The LAPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver of the sedan. Anyone with any information is asked to call LAPD’s West Traffic Division at (213) 473-0234, 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 222-800-TIPS.