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Citizens gather to mourn the victim of a hit-and-run car accident

In the early evening hours of a February day, a California woman lost her life in a car accident. According to officers with the Los Angeles police department, the victim was driving a silver Mercedes when a Jeep Renegade struck her car. The force of the crash sent the victim off the road causing her to crash into a home. The 64-year-old victim died at the scene of the car accident.

The 36-year-old female driver of the Jeep initially left the scene but was arrested later in the week after witnesses came forward. Police say the Jeep was traveling at "a high rate of speed" westbound on 95th Street when she ran a stop sign and crashed into the Mercedes. The news report indicates that the defendant left the car accident scene because she had been drinking and was scared. According to the police, she is now facing a vehicular manslaughter charge.

On Wednesday, March 1, mourners gathered to hold a vigil for the accident victim. Family members shared stories and memories about the victim, each highlighting her warmth, friendliness and capacity for helping those in need. The victim had planned to retire from her Los Angeles County job this summer. She leaves behind three children.

This report shows how a fatal car accident can affect so many lives. When a death occurs due to a negligent driver, it has an effect on the victim's family members, friends and even the community itself. It is important for victims of wrongful death or personal injury to know their legal options after a negligent car accident. Speaking with a lawyer can help you determine which steps to take in seeking a remedy.

Source: KTLA, "Vigil Held for 64-Year-Old Woman Killed in South L.A. Hit-and-Run Crash; Suspect Arrested," Cindy Von Quednow and Ellina Abovian, March 02, 2017

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