West Hollywood Crash Injures Deputies, Kills One

download (11)One person is dead, and two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and a pedestrian were hospitalized today after a vehicle crash in West Hollywood.

According to Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor, Kyle Sandford, the crash happened near the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards at approximately 11:08 p.m. on Thursday when deputies were responding to a call.

Commander Keith Swensson said in a statement that as the patrol vehicle was heading eastbound on Santa Monica and operating lights and siren when it clipped the rear of another vehicle, ran over the curb and struck some pedestrians. After the accident, one of the deputies was trapped in the patrol car. One of the pedestrians, whose name has not yet been released by authorities died at an area hospital as the result of his injuries.

It is unclear if the vehicle that it struck had yielded to the emergency vehicle as required by law.

The California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team has been called in to conduct an independent investigation into the causal factors of the accident.

Anyone who has a license to drive knows that they must share the road with and yield to emergency vehicles. While there are certain procedures in place to insure that the safety of everyone is insured while the emergency responders can get to their calls safely and quickly, police, fire, ambulances and other types of emergency vehicles also have the potential to be in or even cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an emergency vehicle, give the law offices of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, a call. When dealing with emergency services that are run by city or municipalities, quick action after an accident is essential. That is why having qualified legal counsel working on your side is so important.

Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation.

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