2 Children Dead, Mother Badly Injured, 2 Others Hurt in Boyle Heights Pedestrian Accident
LOS ANGELES (November 16, 2017)- According to KTLA 5 News, a deadly collision involving a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SUV Thursday evening at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Indiana Street.
Authorities responded to the scene of the crash which occurred at precisely 7:25 p.m. and involved three vehicles and five pedestrians.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Potentially at-fault for Crash
Per the article, two Los Angeles sheriffs were en route to an emergency phone call regarding a gunshot victim in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. As the deputies approached the intersection of Indiana and Whittier a collision transpired with a second vehicle.
Both the sheriffs SUV and the other vehicle which looked like a sedan careened into a group of five pedestrians walking either on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk.
The victims struck included two boys, ages 7 and 9, their mother, and two other unidentified adults.
The two boys who have not been ID’d tragically were pronounced at the scene as authorities believe they both likely died upon impact.
Their mother who also has not been ID’d incurred major injuries and was rushed to a trauma center where she currently remains in serious condition in the ICU.
Per the article, the two other adult victims sustained moderate injuries and were hospitalized. Their condition has not been updated at this time.
According to key witness, Chris Alvidrez, the SUV patrol vehicle enter the intersection without its light and sirens on which Alvidrez believes triggered the crash as the sheriffs vehicle may have ran through a red light.
Police officials are currently investigating the fatal incident and are in the process of gathering surveillance footage from all local area businesses.
Johnson Attorneys Group’s condolences remain with the family members and all friends of each of the victims involved in this tragedy. We hope they are brought peace and comfort at this time.
Los Angeles Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
Based on this news report, it appears as though there are still many unanswered questions here. Were any of the involved motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Did excessive speed or distracted driving play a role? Did the “on-duty” patrol officer vehicle have its lights flashing and sirens on or off? Did one of the drivers run and red light? Where were the pedestrians as they crossed the intersection? Were they in a marked crosswalk or designated crossing area? Were they outside of a crossing area? Were they walking along the sidewalk when the patrol vehicle careened into them? Were any of the drivers negligent in any other way? We trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, families of deceased victims and those injured will be subject to pursuing a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit respectively against the parties ultimately found responsible. The immediate surviving family members and the injured victim will have the right to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses and hospital bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident and are looking for answers on what steps to take, contact our Los Angeles wrongful death and personal injury auto accident lawyers today 800-235-6801 at and allow us to provide you with the advice and guidance needed to get your life back on track.
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