Many California residents enjoy walking as a mode of transportation, a leisure activity or even as a form of exercise. However, these days, it seems car accidents involving pedestrians are happening all too frequently, and often these accidents do not end well for the pedestrian. Sadly, such was the case when a young woman lost her life as a result of a hit-and-run accident in Redondo Beach.
The incident happened on a recent Saturday night when a vehicle driven by a 21-year-old woman hit a pedestrian at an intersection. The female pedestrian, also a 21-year-old, suffered injuries from the crash that proved to be fatal. According to family members, the deceased young woman had been visiting her sister at the time of the accident. A witness who arrived at the scene moments following the crash saw someone who appeared to be a relative or friend frantically performing CPR on the victim.
The driver of the car fled the scene before police arrived. Early the following morning, officers located what was believed to be the vehicle involved in the accident in a neighborhood near the crash site. Reportedly, the car was inoperable due to damages that apparently occurred as a result of the collision. By Monday afternoon, authorities had found the woman, and she admitted to driving the vehicle. She has been arrested on suspicion of hit and run causing death; police are still investigating the fatal crash.
Car accidents can happen in one fleeting moment of driver error or sometimes simply unfortunate timing. In this case, following that moment, a family is left to mourn the untimely death of their loved one. The investigation may reveal that the driver's negligence caused this accident. If this is the case, the family has the right to pursue the matter in California civil court. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review the case details and determine if this is a viable option.