A woman was killed and a man hospitalized with injuries after being struck by a vehicle that fled the scene around 2 am in North Redondo Beach on September 3. Police have identified 36-year-old Iryna Miller as the victim.
The two pedestrians were walking near the 1900 block of Artesia Boulevard when they were hit by a white pick-up truck. The motorist was last seen driving westbound on Artesia Boulevard. Police have asked any witnesses to the crash to contact them.
The driver may be subject to serious criminal charges if caught and charged. Under California law, a driver may be convicted of a hit-and-run accident under Vehicle Code section 20001 and 20002. Under Vehicle Code section 20001, drivers may face penalties for a hit-and-run causing injury, serious bodily injury, or death.
In California, Vehicle Code section 20001 is a "wobbler," meaning a prosecutor may charge an individual with a misdemeanor or a felony. How a person is charged usually depends on various factors, including an individual's prior criminal record and the severity of the injuries caused.
CVC 20001(b)(2) provides that those who cause death or permanent, serious injury as the result of a hit-and-run accident may be sentenced to prison for 2-4 years and fined $1000-$10,000. Further, an individual who flees the scene of a crime and is convicted of vehicular manslaughter may be sentenced to an additional 5 years in prison.
Vehicular manslaughter is covered under California Penal Code section 192(c), which defines the offense as negligently committing either an unlawful act that is not a felony or a lawful act that may cause death, causing the death of another person while driving a vehicle. The penalties of a vehicular manslaughter charge depend on whether an individual acted with gross negligence or ordinary negligence.
It is unclear whether any mitigating circumstances existed to defend this driver's liability to a vehicular manslaughter charge; but, fleeing the scene is illegal and punishable under the Vehicle Code.
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