Tragedy Strikes as Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Three Hit-and-Run Drivers in Pacoima
Late on Friday, January 12, a devastating incident occurred in Pacoima, resulting in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by not one, but three hit-and-run drivers. This shocking incident has left residents in the area concerned, as they believe it was only a matter of time before such a tragedy occurred on this dangerous stretch of road.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the victim, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, was attempting to cross San Fernando Road, just south of Montague Street, at around 11:45 p.m. The first vehicle involved was a light-colored pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on the northbound lanes. The impact caused the man to fall to the ground, where he was then hit by a second car described as a light-colored full-size SUV. The force from the second collision propelled the man into the southbound lanes, where he was tragically run over by a third car, described as a dark-colored mid-sized SUV. All three drivers callously fled the scene, leaving the victim in critical condition without rendering any aid.
Residents in the area have voiced their concerns about the poorly lit road, citing it as a contributing factor to the drivers not seeing the pedestrian. Deon Tatum, a local resident, expressed his frustration, stating, “If you look at San Fernando Road, there are no street lights. They’re like a mile apart, half a mile apart. Even the buses don’t stop.” This lack of visibility may have played a significant role in this tragic incident.
The victim, who remains unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Investigators are currently searching for the victim’s family as they work to identify him. Neighbors suspect that he may have been homeless, as video footage shows him coming from an encampment nearby. Rose Gold, another resident, shared her condolences, saying, “Karma’s real, so God will deal with it.”
In an effort to bring the perpetrators to justice, the city of Los Angeles is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for any information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the hit-and-run drivers involved. The LAPD has also released a video of the incident on their YouTube page, urging anyone with additional details to come forward and contact the investigators.
This tragic incident serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of road safety and the devastating consequences of hit-and-run accidents. The community mourns the loss of this innocent life and hopes that justice will be served for the victim and their grieving family.