In a tragic accident on I-10 in New Orleans, a young girl lost her life when a hit and run driver hit the car she was riding in sending the car to the other side of the road. The impact fatally injured Kayla Lagarde. The driver and the other passenger survived.
It Began With a Flat Tire
Kayla’s sister was driving on I-10 just after 11:00 p.m. when the car experienced a flat tire. She pulled over to the other lane, turned her hazard lights on, and slowly tried to make it to a safe location. A burgundy car came speeding up on them before slamming into their car without warning.
The driver of the burgundy sedan did get out at the scene of the accident but he fled on foot before law enforcement officers arrived. Lenetra Dunham, Kayla’s older sister and the driver of the vehicle, said she screamed at the man for help. However, he simply stumbled around as if he was “drunk or on something” before disappearing.
Anyone with information about this tragic hit and run accident that took the life of a young lady far too soon is asked to contact law enforcement immediately.
Hit and Run Accidents are Common
Thousands of people die or are seriously injured in hit and run accidents in the United States each year. Unfortunately, many hit and run accidents are never solved. Family and friends deal with the overwhelming grief, frustration, and anger of losing their loved one while never knowing why the other driver fled the scene.
Common reasons why a driver will flee the scene of a hit and run accidents include:
- Impaired by drugs
- Impaired by alcohol
- Speeding or other traffic offenses
- Suspended license or no license at all
- No insurance or expired insurance
- Outstanding warrants
- Fear of being arrested someone’s death
- Driving a friend’s vehicle
Regardless of why a hit and run driver left the scene of the accident, you have legal rights. Contact our office to discover how we can help you recover compensation for your
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a crime in Louisiana. If law enforcement officers identify the driver, you may have a claim against the driver for damages including lost wages, medical bills, physical pain, emotional suffering, property damage, funeral expenses, and other compensable damages.
However, even if the hit and run driver is never identified; you may still be able to receive compensation under your own insurance policy depending on the type of insurance coverage you had at the time of the hit and run accident.
Contact our New Orleans car hit and run accident attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the facts of the case as well as the types of insurance coverage available to determine what compensation you may be entitled to receive.
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