UPDATE: Los Angeles, CA – Freddy Prieto Arrested for Death of Christina Garcia in Hit-and-Run Accident
Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2019) On the morning of January 16th, a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian accident happened along Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. According to the reports, 57-year-old Christina Garcia was struck by a sedan in the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue and discovered by a passerby at 7:30 a.m. A surveillance video shows Garcia standing on the sidewalk collecting cans when she was hit.
The video shows 47-year-old Freddy Prieto losing control of his vehicle due to wet roads and crashing into a parking sign and trash cans before striking Garcia. The vehicle proceeded traveling east before hitting two buildings and ejecting Garcia about 15 feet. Garcia was then trapped between the building and the vehicle until Prieto got out to check the scene before driving off and leaving her there to suffer.
The police found and arrested Prieto on January 17th at 9:15 a.m. He is a school janitor at Thomas Starr King Middle School on Fountain Avenue, which is only a few blocks away from where he struck Garcia. He is being held with $100,000 bail.
We are deeply saddened to know that Garcia lost her life in this collision. We send our condolences to her family as they work through this tragic time.
Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents in California
The reason almost one million hit-and-run accidents happen every year in the United States is because most drivers don’t want to face the consequences of their negligent actions. In this case, footage shows Prieto getting out of his car and then driving off after he sees Garcia injured, which is a clear act of negligence. Because the police were able to take him into custody, Garcia’s family can hire a California wrongful death attorney to help them file a wrongful death lawsuit to help cover funeral expenses and more.
At Brady Law Group, our attorneys specialize in wrongful death lawsuits because we know how devastating it is for families to lose their loved ones due to the negligent act of another. We don’t believe it’s right for families to take on the financial burdens caused by another person, which is why we are so passionate about helping our clients gain justice for their cases. If you or someone you know lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, call 866-478-6483 for a free consultation today.
Note: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you have identified any false information in the story, please inform us immediately, and we will adjust the posting to reflect the most accurate content available.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Brady Law Group strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that, through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident.