Michael Kunkle, 58, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene. According to a KTLA News report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of May 20, 2011 in the 11100 block of Woodruff Avenue in Downey. Officials say the motorist was driving a white SUV, and that the vehicle will have noticeable front end damage and a possibly broken windshield. Kunkle sustained fatal injuries. Anyone with information about this hit-and-run car accident is asked to contact Downey police at 562-904-2339.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Michael Kunkle for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 40 injuries reported involving pedestrian accidents in Downey. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the SUV struck Kunkle and left him to die on the roadway. What kind of a person would do that to a fellow human being? Leaving the scene of a car accident is an unconscionable act that shows callous disregard for the safety and well-being of others. Hit-and-run is also illegal under California law.

California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “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.”

Holding Wrongdoers Accountable

I trust this hit-and-run driver will soon be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you have any information about this incident, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to find out how to offer a tip anonymously and become eligible for a $1,000. Join hands with us in our efforts to hold these drivers accountable for their actions.

Families of deceased hit-and-run victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to better advise the victim’s family about how their own car insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run case where the suspect is not found, or, in an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.

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