In an update of our California Personal Injury Lawyers Blog entry of December 29, 2010, the woman who was killed in the Los Angeles hit and run accident has been identified as Brigitte Burdine.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Burdine, who was 48, was a well known video game casting director, who worked on games such as “World of Warcraft” and “Socom 3: U.S. Navy Seals.”
The Los Angeles Police Department has said that the car that struck Burdine was a dark sedan, which allegedly left the scene after the collision. The driver of the sedan has not yet been located. Unfortunately, there is currently no description of the driver available.
The LAPD is investigating the Los Angeles pedestrian collision and notes that the car may have front end damage.
If the driver of the vehicle that killed Brigitte Burdine is located, it must be proven that the driver was responsible for the hit and run collision before his/her insurance company will pay for the Los Angeles wrongful death damages to Burdine’s family, if there was a valid liability insurance policy in effect.
The fact that the driver left the scene, without identifying him/herself, should aid the presumption that the driver caused the collision. This, however, is not in itself conclusive and the facts of the incident will still have to be proven by a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
If the driver is located but does not have enough insurance coverage to cover the extensive damages caused, Burdine’s family may make a claim under Burdine’s uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage or seek an excess amount from the driver directly. This excess amount would come from the driver’s personal assets.