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LAPD Officer Killed by Hit & Run Driver

bcfiretrucksAn LAPD officer was killed over the weekend in a hit and run accident.  On Tuesday, a 20-year-old man, Mynor Enrique Varela, was arrested in connection with the accident. He was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held without bond.

It is believed that Varela is responsible for the death of Officer Roberto Sanchez and the injuries of his partner, Officer Richard Medina.  Just before 4 a.m. Varela’s SUV collided with their patrol car on Anaheim Street in the Harbor City area.

This accident is tragic in that an officer lost his life as a result of reckless driving.  With these types of accidents on the rise, what would you do if hit by a driver that flees?  Here is some good advice on how to handle a hit and run accident.

Once you are sure everyone is okay call the police.  If you or someone else needs medical attention, dial 911 immediately before doing anything else.  Once help is on the way, look around for witnesses.  If anyone else saw the accident, get their name and telephone number.  You will need as much descriptive information as possible when filing a police report.

Even though you or someone else may want to, don’t chase the driver that fled.  If they are in a defensive mode, it could become a volatile and dangerous situation that puts everyone in danger.

If you have enough information about the other vehicle, the police are likely to identify it and you will be able to file a claim with their insurance carrier.  If you are not sure of their carrier or they did not have insurance, call your carrier to file an uninsured motorist claim.  An attorney can also help you with an uninsured motorist claim.

At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we are able to take care of all of your personal injury needs.  You pay nothing until you collect for your losses.  The experience of our lawyers makes us experts in the industry.  We are able to answer questions you may have and help you avoid the pitfalls sometimes encountered after being involved in an unforeseen accident.

Whether you have been involved in a car or motorcycle accident, medical malpractice, including fatalities caused by medical negligence, dog bites or injuries received on a property you do not own, we would like to help.  Call us today for a free consultation.

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Stephen Levine, is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense — an honor achieved by only the top criminal law attorneys in California. Mr. Levine has over 40 years of experience in criminal defense and family law serving Southern California, and is a highly regarded Super Lawyer as well as AV Rated attorney.