• August 31, 2022

Luis Lopez Injured in Hit-and-Run on Fickett St in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA — August 27, 2022, scooter rider Luis Lopez was critically injured when he fell and was hit by a van on Fickett Street in Los Angeles.

According to reports the incident happened Saturday evening along Fickett Street. Lopez was reportedly riding an electric scooter north when he lost control and fell into the street. The impact knocked him unconscious and a short time later a Ford Econoline van passed through and ran him over. The van then dragged Lopez around 25 feet before he got loose, then left the scene without stopping.

Lopez suffered severe injuries in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. Investigators say he is expected to recover.

The investigation continues as police seek information about the hit-and-run van and its driver.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Luis Lopez Hit-and-Run in Los Angeles

It's always sad and frustrating to see a hit-and-run like this. I'm relieved that the victim's injuries weren't fatal (though they clearly were very serious), but that certainly doesn't excuse the person who caused them from staying at the scene.

So why'd they run? Only finding them could say for sure, but many hit-and-run drivers take off for similar reasons--simple panic, for example, but sometimes to hide something from investigators. Drug possession, suspended or missing licenses, active warrants, and drunk driving are among the most common things they'd prefer to keep to themselves, so they book it instead of taking responsibility.

Luis Lopez Injured in Hit-and-Run on Fickett St in Los Angeles, CA

If other such illegal activity occurred on top of failing to stop and render aid, that only makes it more critical to find the driver and hold them accountable. In addition, it's possible that the runaway van was commercial in nature. Some may not see how that matters, but if the driver was on a company's clock when he hurt someone and fled, his employer may also be responsible for his actions and would then have a duty to help the victim get back on his feet.

What police are doing now--releasing what they know about the accident and asking the community for help bringing a bad actor to justice--is an essential step. If they continue to publish any details and developments, hopefully someone (a friend, relative, coworker, or even a total stranger) will come forward with useful information. It may take some time, but I'm confident that if everyone works together and remains vigilant a suspect can be found and some answers can be had.

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