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Tesla driver killed after racing with BMW in hit-and-run crash

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 6, 2022) – A Tesla accident caused a speeding driver to be killed after hitting a pole while racing against a BMW driver in Lake Balboa according to KTLA 5 News.

The Tesla accident occurred on May 28 around 12:30 a.m. around Victory Boulevard and White Oak Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department said that the Tesla had an encounter with the BMW and the drivers of the two vehicles began racing each other.

The Tesla driver lost control of the car and crashed into a light pole, and then a tree. The BMW stopped only to observe the scene, but did not attempt to help or call for aid, and instead fled the scene.

The driver of the Tesla was pronounced dead at the scene and is described as a 35-year-old male.

Police are looking for the driver of the BMW and are offering a $50,000 reward for their arrest and conviction.

KTLA 5 News reports:

The BMW driver is being sought for engaging in speed racing and felony hit-and-run. The car is described as being a 2011 to 2015 M3 or M5, police said. It is dark blue or purple and lowered, with modified exhaust and a built-in spoiler.

If anyone has any information regarding this accident, they are encouraged to contact the LAPD’s Valley traffic division Detective Barragan at 818-644-8028 or Detective Davis at 818- 644-8032.

Liability In Los Angeles Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Los Angeles Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedent in this case. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles Tesla accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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