It was late Sunday evening when 59-year-old Darnell Parker Sr. was out riding his bike in Compton, Ca, just 30 minutes away from Los Angeles. Parker was riding on Alondra Boulevard and when he attempted to cross the roadway, he was fatally struck by a vehicle. The driver never stopped to assess Parker’s condition and has yet to come forward and take responsibility for the accident.
Although authorities are still working on determining who the driver was, they hope security video in the area captured the crash and that witnesses will come forward. Parker was a resident in the area and the accident occurred just a few blocks from his home. CBS Los Angeles stated that Parker was a father of nine and a grandfather of five. His daughter-in-law told the source that she heard he had been laying out in the street and that after someone hit him, they just left. Parker’s family is devastated by the loss of their father/grandfather and can’t believe he is gone.
His daughter-in-law also told the source “He has children. They’re going to need him. They’re going to miss out on very important things they can’t even share with their dad.” She is also urging the driver to come forward as her father-in-law “did not deserve to be taken out like that.”
Hit-and-Run Crashes in the U.S. are at all all-time high, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Hit-and-run crashes seem to be occurring more frequently leaving many individuals suffering and many families devastated.
While Parker’s family is mourning his loss, there are many other families out there that have also lost a loved-one to a hit-and-run accident. According to the most recent study conducted by AAA, 2,049 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes in 2016, which is a 62% increase from 2009. That is a drastic jump in the number of deaths reported. Currently, 2016 is regarded as the “deadliest year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began compiling statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes in 1975” [Source: ABC News].
The study also revealed that 65% of the victims of fatal hit-and-run accidents were pedestrians or cyclists and 20% of all pedestrian deaths over the last decade were caused by these types of incidents. The study determined that most of the crashes that involve pedestrians are more likely to occur between midnight and 4:00 a.m. when “suspects are more likely to escape unseen.” In an effort to help individuals avoid these types of accidents, the AAA suggests you:
- Remain cognizant of your surroundings.
- Yield to crossing pedestrians even if they are not in a designated crosswalk.
- Give cyclists ample space when passing them on the roadway.
And if you live in Los Angeles or a neighboring city and you or a loved one was injured in an accident where someone fled the scene or attempted to do so, contact USAttorneys.com today and receive help in locating a Los Angeles, CA accident lawyer. The fact is, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation and only a reputable and qualified accident attorney is capable of helping you recover it.
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