Fatal Hit and Run Crash on Beverly Boulevard
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On the morning of September 6th, a pickup driver was killed after crashing into another vehicle. This collision happened after the pickup driver hit a pedestrian that morning. According to the Los Angeles police department, the accident occurred at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue around 12:45 am. (http://abc7.com/hit–and–run–driver–killed–in–hancock–park–crash;-2-hurt/2382790/)
After striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene the 50-year-old driver, hit a Ford Bronco about 2 miles away from the scene of the hit and run. A light pole stopped the suspect causing him to be ejected from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Los Angeles police department, the hit pedestrian and driver of the Ford Bronco were both transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
California Hit and Run Laws
According to sections 20003 and 20004 of the California law, drivers responsible for the injury or death of another person are required by law to stop at the scene. A driver who flees the scene can be imprisoned for up to 5 years in prison.(http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=20001&lawCode=VEH)
The state of California has had the past of what some would call an epidemic of rising hit and run occurrences. That year, more than 28,000 hit and run crashes were reported in Los Angeles County alone. Fortunately, the majority of hit and run collisions that occur in Los Angeles County do not result in injuries. According to the NBC4 I-Team, a hit and run occur every 18 minutes. Hit and runs are not exclusive to only California drivers. This happens all over the country.
According to the American Automobile Association, hit and run accident statistics average out at about 11 percent across the country. Rush hour is a prominent time of day for fatal hit and run accidents in every state. Hit and run fatalities occur the most between 6 pm and 9 pm, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Driver License Laws Decreasing Hit and Run Statistics
Today the hit and run statistics in California are lowering due to a surprising fact. According to a study conducted by Stanford University, hit and run statistics in California dropped drastically after the state gave illegal immigrants the ability to have official drivers licenses. Since becoming effective in 2015, Assembly Bill 60, granted in more than 850,000 people getting California drivers licenses. The law allows those who cannot show proof of citizen access to a legal license, however, candidates are not able to board an airplane or drive into Canada. Since California implemented the law two years ago, Stanford researchers found that there was roughly 4,000 less hit and run accidents.
Supporters of the law, claim that now those illegal immigrants have the ability to receive a license that it eliminates the fear of being deported or arrested due to an accident. They praise the fact that everyone is required to abide by the California traffic laws whether they are a citizen or not.
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