September 10, 2013
by City News Service
Following a spate of fatal hit-and-run crashes in the Southland, state lawmakers approved a bill extending the statute of limitations for such crimes from three years to six years.
In the last month, more than a dozen people were killed in hit-and-run collisions in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including seven victims in the city of Los Angeles, according to Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored the legislation. Many others, including a three-year-old boy, were seriously injured by motorists who drove off after crashing into victims.
|A memorial "Ghost Bike" in Pasadena left for hit-and-run victim Jocelyn Young, |
who was killed while riding her bike in 2011.
Photo from waltarrrrr/Flickr/Creative Commons License
Under current law, motorists who flee the scene of an accident can simply "run out the clock," as it can take months to track them down.
The identity of the driver of a mini-van who hit bicyclist Damian Kevitt and dragged him more than quarter-mile down the Golden State (5) Freeway in Los Angeles in February remains unknown...
..."It's hard for us to encourage people to bike and walk, when our streets are treated like the Wild West," said Eric Bruins, planning and policy director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
The assembly vote was 68-0 in favor of the bill, which the Senate passed earlier on a 37-0 vote.
The bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for final approval.
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Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the California State Assembly. He represents Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto