In our last post we covered a Koreatown pedestrian accident which resulted in the wrongful death of a 42-year-old man last weekend. Unfortunately hit-and-run accidents such as this one are not a rare occurrence in the Los Angeles area. Irresponsible motorists who cause crashes while intoxicated or engaging in distracted driving often flee the scene because they fear criminal punishment or personal injury litigation.
The Koreatown accident was not the only hit-and-run crash that happened last Saturday. CBS Los Angeles reports that another serious hit-and-run accident happened in northern Los Angeles' Sylmar neighborhood around the same time as the Koreantown crash. The Sylmar car accident occurred around 11:45 p.m. near the intersection of Polk Street and Dronfield Avenue.
The driver and passenger of the Corolla suffered serious personal injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment. The passenger of the Corolla was ejected upon impact and it is unclear whether he was wearing a seat-belt at the time of the crash.
Authorities say that a Dodge Ram pickup truck hit a Toyota Corolla so hard that the Dodge Ram rolled over and hit nearby parked cars. Bystanders helped the 23-year-old Dodge driver get out of his truck, and then he left the scene.
The driver turned himself to the Valley Traffic Division a short time after the crash according to CBS Los Angeles. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run and was held in the Van Nuys Jail on $50,000 bail.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, "2 Seriously Injured Following Hit-And-Run Crash In Sylmar," July 15, 2012