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1 killed, several injured in chain reaction car accident

Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of a white Ford F-150 believed responsible for a chain reaction crash. After striking two vehicles and several pedestrians, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the car accident. He is described as being between the ages of 35 and 40, Hispanic and approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was last seen wearing black pants and a red shirt and has short black hair.

According to Los Angeles police officers, the driver of the pickup truck failed to stop at a red light and crashed into two vehicles before striking some pedestrians on the sidewalk. One of the pedestrians was killed. At least two other people at the intersection suffered critical injuries. First reports indicated that one of the other drivers suffered injuries as well, but it was later revealed that she remained at the scene, along with the driver of the other passenger car.

A video report of the incident indicated that investigators would be returning to the scene, which is in Koreatown, to determine whether any of the businesses around the accident site have video surveillance cameras. The hope is that a camera may have caught footage of the crash and/or the missing driver. At this time, no further details regarding the investigation have been released.

In the meantime, the victims could face a lengthy recovery that could quickly become expensive. The family of the deceased victim will also incur expenses to bury their loved one. Civil actions may be filed against the party or parties deemed responsible for the car accident. A successfully litigated claim may result in an award of damages, including financial restitution that could defray the costs and other damages that the victims and their families have and will incur in the future.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver in Fatal Collision With Pedestrians", Toni Guinyard and Andrew Lopez, July 28, 2014

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