Man Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident on 210 Freeway
A man standing outside his vehicle and on the 210 Freeway shoulder was hit by another car and killed on Friday, January 18. The man was surveying by his yellow Hyundai at roughly 7:30 p.m., and authorities surmised that he may have been preparing to change a flat tire.
The victim was not killed on impact, but apparently died shortly afterward. Authorities said there was very little that could be done for him when they arrived. The accident happened on the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway, near Hermosa Avenue at Archibald.
The man was hit by a white Camry; news reports indicated that the impact was enough to knock the door on the driver’s side straight back.
Neither the name nor the age of the man killed were disclosed.
Car Abandoned; One Arrest Made
The Camry’s driver kept going. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) later recovered the car roughly two minutes away from the accident scene, but the driver could not initially be found. The CHIP indicated that the vehicle had sustained damage to its front end consistent with the accident. Witnesses at Liberty and Lemon were said to have seen a female driver abandoning the vehicle.
A day later, on January 19, police announced an arrest in the hit-and-run accident. News reports, however, indicated that it was not clear whether the woman seen abandoning the vehicle was the one in custody, so the situation appears to be ongoing.
Shortly after the accident, the CHP found a white Camry about two minutes away from the accident scene. It had sustained front-end damage consistent with an accident.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Is a Crime
While the investigation into the causes of this accident appears to be ongoing, some general comments can be made about hit-and-run accidents. Regardless of who is at fault for an accident, or whether anyone is at fault, leaving the scene of a vehicle accident is a crime in California. Drivers involved in an accident need to stay on the scene until police arrive, talk to the people involved, and make a full report.
If you are involved in an accident, make sure you are in a safe place. Then, call the police. You should also call an ambulance if someone has been injured. The police interview all the drivers involved, as well as witnesses. Police reports are highly important if any legal case is to follow, as the reports provide evidence of what happened.
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1. Arrest Made in Deadly 210 Freeway Hit-and-Run. CBS Los Angeles. January 19, 2019. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/19/arrest-210-freeway-hit-and-run/.
2. Man Changing Tire Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver on 210 Freeway. CBS Los Angeles. January 18, 2019. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/18/deadly-hit-and-run-accident-reported-on-210-in-rancho-cucamonga/.