A violent car accident in South Los Angeles on July 20 took the life of a teenage pedestrian. The driver believed to be responsible for the pedestrian accident fled the scene, though his car has been found. This terrible incident demonstrates again how vulnerable pedestrians are when they are hit by a motor vehicle.

The victim, believed to be either 18 or 19 years old, was crossing the street in Hyde Park around 6:15 p.m. when a luxury vehicle struck him at high speeds. The impact sent him flying 30 feet in the air and knocked him out of his shoes. One witness recalled hearing a bang so loud that she assumed that two cars had collided. The damage to the car’s windshield and its airbags’ deployment also suggest the violence of the collision.

The car fled the scene as paramedics rushed to help the victim. Sadly, he was badly injured and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Several witnesses saw the accident and were able to read the car’s license plate as it drove away. Police tracked the car down the road in Inglewood. The driver was not present and his whereabouts were unknown as of July 20.

Little is currently known about the victim except that he was taken well before his time. But when someone of any age is killed due to a driver’s recklessness, the driver can be held responsible for the victim’s financial damages like hospital and funeral costs as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering.

Source: KCAL-TV, “Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash Reported In South LA,” July 20, 2013