Woman Killed in South LA Hit-and-Run Accident
The woman who fell victim to a deadly hit-and-run pedestrian crash on May 22nd has been ID’d as Petra Benitez Vilchis, 57.
Vilchis was struck at Normandie Avenue and 59th Street at 9:08 p.m.
She was walking within a marked crosswalk at the time of the incident.
The involved driver continued driving north after hitting the woman and did not stop to render aid.
Sadly, she suffered severe injuries and died at the scene.
There has not been a description of the vehicle released yet.
An active investigation is underway.
JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Petra Benitez Vilchis.
According to statistics, 20% of pedestrian fatalities include fleeing drivers. 68% of those killed in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians and bicyclists.
In addition, California’s pedestrian fatality rate is about 25% higher than the national average.
If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.