Woman Dies After South Los Angeles Hit and Run Crash
Joan Davis, 62, was killed after she was dragged for three blocks by a hit-and-run driver early morning on Aug. 2. According to a KTLA news report, investigators determined that Davis was initially struck while crossing South Central Avenue at East 84th Place. When police arrived at the scene, the woman was passed away and was lying in the street. Davis’s family members later identified her. They are hoping that the driver who did this comes forward. Her nephew said Davis had a life, a family, children and relatives who loved her.
Victim Dragged Three Blocks
The crash occurred three blocks from where police eventually found Davis’s lifeless body. Skid marks on Central Avenue stretched for about half a mile. She had been dragged by the vehicle from 81st Place to 84th Place. A white van was the first to strike her and two other vehicles might have run her over, officials said.
Officials were initially unable to determine if the victim was male or female because of the severity of the crash. Police are looking for the driver of a white van, seen in surveillance video from a nearby restaurant. They believe Davis was struck by the van and dragged by a car. Investigators were not able to find any witnesses at the scene. No suspect or vehicle descriptions were available. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan Davis’s family members. We offer our heartfelt condolences to them.
Justice for Victims’ Families
Based on this news article, it appears that the driver not only struck the victim, but also dragged her for three blocks and left her mangled and lying in the roadway. Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of crash. In fact, it is a felony crime to leave the scene of an injury or fatal collision. Motorists have the responsibility to stop right away, remain at the scene, exchange information with other parties and most importantly, get help for the injured victims.
We hope that the driver in this case is identified, apprehended and brought to justice and that Davis’s family gets a sense of closure. Families of deceased victims in such cases may be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.