According to KTLA News, police are looking for a driver of a hit and run vehicle that struck and killed a man in a tragic Compton bicycle accident. Apparently, the victim, Darnell Parker was cycling to a relative’s house just after midnight on May 20th, when he was hit at Alondra Boulevard and Bradfield Avenue. The driver fled the area. Officers responded, and Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers plan to check surveillance cameras in the area in hopes to get more information as to who the driver could be.
Parker’s family is left to deal with the tragic aftermath of his untimely death. His daughter-in-law, Tracy Brown, stated, “He has children that are gonna need him. They’re gonna miss out on very important things they can’t even share with their dad, and I just think it’s sad.”
Indeed, the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one can be instantly life-altering. If the hit and run driver in this case is located, Mr. Parker’s family may pursue a Los Angeles wrongful death claim against him or her. This would be separate from and in addition to any criminal charges this person will be facing. If the suspect is not located, the victim’s family may still have the opportunity to get wrongful death damages if the victim was covered by uninsured motorist coverage. If this is the case, the uninsured motorist insurance would take the place of the responsible party, and be responsible for the wrongful death damages.
In either situation, the victim’s family should contact a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible to help them investigate the bicycle hit and run accident. Our Los Angeles accident lawyers have been helping the families of wrongful death victim’s for over 30 years.
We wish the family of Darnell Parker our sincerest condolences and we hope that through an in-depth investigation the driver of the hit and run vehicle can be found and brought to justice. If anyone has any information on the vehicle or driver that caused this wrongful death, they should call L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Compton station at 310-605-6500.