Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run of Motorcyclist in Reseda
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A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run in Reseda on Wednesday, August 24.
The man, Erwan McKeown, of Agoura Hills, was struck at about 6:45 am at the corner of Tampa Avenue and West Vanowen Street and died at the scene, KTLA reported.
According to police, McKeown and his motorcycle slammed into the truck while the truck was turning at the intersection before the truck sped off.
“The responsibility of the driver of that truck was to remain at the scene. He chose not to,” Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles police said in a statement. “He was in the best position to call 911, to call paramedics, and that did not occur. He decided to ride his truck westbound while failing to render aid, becoming a felony hit-and-run crime.”
After a brief search for a suspect in a white pickup truck with front metal panels, a suspect turned himself into police.
The man, Pedro Ramos, 54, of San Fernando, turned himself in for the fatal hit-and-run the following day. Ramos was arrested for felony hit-and-run and is now being held on $50,000 bail.
According to police, Los Angeles has seen a spike in motorcycle-vehicle collisions, many of which have been fatal. Los Angeles is also facing a hit-and-run epidemic. Every 18 minutes, another hit-and-run accident occurs in the city with more than 28,000 hit-and-run crashes reported in a single year, accounting for a staggering 50% of all incidents in LA. According to the American Automobile Association, the national average is just 11%.
While most hit-and-runs do not involve injuries, many result in serious or fatal injuries. Many families in Los Angeles have been left grieving and searching for justice and answers. To help track down suspects in hit-and-run crashes, Los Angeles now offers up to $50,000 as a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone involved in a fatal hit-and-run such as the one in Reseda.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a hit-and-run accident, a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles can help you seek justice and damages for the pain and suffering you have suffered. Contact the Law Office of Tawni Takagi today for a free consultation with a hit-and-run accident attorney who can help you protect your rights and seek compensation for your losses.