Patricia O’Donnell Playa Del Rey: Patricia Ann O’Donnell Killed In Los Angeles Car Accident While Riding Skateboard By Pershing Drive and Manchester Avenue
PLAYA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA (February 13, 2020) – A 48-year-old woman identified as Patricia Ann O’Donnell has tragically died in a hit-and-run car accident near the intersection of Pershing Drive and Manchester Avenue.
Los Angeles Police Officials are saying that the collision occurred around 1:15 a.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a driver hit Patricia Ann O’Donnell as she was riding on a skateboard.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Patricia Ann O’Donnell was laying in the roadway with critical injuries and later died as a result of the accident.
The driver fled the scene but was later arrested by police on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. Police are saying that the driver was in a black Audi A5.
An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Playa Del Rey Skateboard Accidents
Like other pedestrians skateboarders are at a greater risk of being seriously injured or killed in car accidents. According to the National Safety Council, “In 2017, over 98,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured while skateboarding. Over 47,000 of those injuries occurred in people ages 15 to 24.” There are a number of potential causes of pedestrian accidents including:
- Distracted drivers
- Intoxicated drivers
- Poor road conditions
It is never safe to drink and drive. The main problem is that drivers will drink and drive once and arrive their destination safely. They will build up confidence over time and continue to drink and drive more until many of them end up in serious accidents. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, “Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 50 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion.” Even moderate amounts of alcohol below the legal limit can have very detrimental affects on a person’s ability to drive safely including:
- Reduced coordination
- Reduced ability to track moving objects
- Difficulty steering
- Reduced response to emergency driving situations
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
It is a felony to flee the scene of a car accident that results in bodily injury or death. According to California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Drivers that flee the scene of a crash will typically face civil as well as criminal liability.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. This is otherwise known as the wrongful death statute in California. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and emotional distress. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Playa Del Rey Skateboard Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Patricia Ann O’Donnell. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is deeply disappointing that so many drivers continue to break the law and drive while intoxicated. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
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