29-year-old Richard Mendez has been identified as the victim in this tragic hit-and-run collision in Arleta.
ARLETA, CA (December 8, 2022) – Authorities today sought the public’s help to find a hit-and-run motorist responsible for fatally injuring a pedestrian in Arleta.
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The man died at the scene of his injury, which occurred about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday on Terra Bella Street west of Canterbury Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
He was later identified as Richard Mendez, 29, of Arleta, according to the coroner’s office. His age was not immediately disclosed.
According to police, Mendez was crossing Terra Bella Street when he was hit by a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan that was westbound at a high rate of speed. No description was available of the motorist.
A standing reward of up to $50,000 was offered by the city of Los Angeles for information that helps solve a fatal hit-and-run.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at 818-644-8032 or 818-644-8028; or 877-LAPD-247. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800 222-TIPS or use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Liability In Arleta Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could lead to a pedestrian collision including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Richard Mendez’s Hit-and-Run Accident in Arleta
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Richard Mendez. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
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