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California car accidents: 1 dead, 3 injured after hit and run

Pedestrians often enjoy walking on the streets of California as they exercise, shop or travel to their destinations. Most of them never have cause for worry since there are no incidents when they walk. However, when car accidents occur where people are walking, pedestrians are likely to suffer injuries. A recent accident in a Los Angeles neighborhood left one pedestrian dead and three others injured.

Police from Wilmington report that a black SUV had been traveling south on the afternoon of June 9. Another vehicle was stopped at a nearby intersection. To avoid crashing into it, the SUV jumped the curb. According to police, the SUV hit four pedestrians.

After the impact, the driver and three passengers in the SUV ran away from the vehicle. The SUV was deserted at the crash site, and the driver was spotted fleeing the scene. Witnesses reported that they observed one victim being run over and pinned against a wall. A 60-year-old grandfather was killed in the accident. He had been on a lunch break from his job at a aerospace company.

Police officers report that the SUV driver and his passengers fled into a nearby store after running through an alley. Two passengers and the driver were taken into custody; however, the remaining passengers remains at large. Police have ruled out one person as a suspect and that person has been released.

While the family members of the victim is grateful that some of the suspects have been identified, nothing can bring back their loved one. California families involved in similar car accidents have chosen to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible for the accident. A personal injury attorney can help families handle the complex legal process. A successful outcome in a lawsuit can help families cover funeral costs and provide an award for loss of income or grief and suffering.

Source: ktla.com, "60-Year-Old Man Killed, 3 Injured After Hit-and-Run Crash in Wilmington", Mariel Turner and Kareen Wynter, June 9, 2017

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