Woman, 20, Identified as Woman Killed in Malicious Hit-and-Run Collision
Jennifer Lopez, 20, has been identified as the woman tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash which took place earlier this month on Monday, May 6th.
According to Compton authorities, the collision took place at 9:00 p.m. at the cross streets of Bullis Road at Alondra Boulevard.
Investigations have indicated that Lopez had been traveling in a Mitsubishi eastbound on Alondra Boulevard before being struck by a Nissan Altima headed southbound on Bullis Road.
Lopez sadly did not survive the impact of the wreck as she was pronounced dead at the scene upon the arrival of first responders.
Suspect in Nissan Flees Scene on Foot
Meanwhile, the driver of the Nissan was confirmed to have failed to stop and render aid to the 20-year-old woman. The suspect continued on and fled the scene leaving Lopez behind.
No information has been provided at this time on the hit-and-motorist who took off on foot and apparently remains at-large, according to authorities.
Friends and family members of the victim described her as being very “nice and quiet” with a big future ahead of her in the medical field after she had recently started her job at a hospital.
“She was a very quiet person. She was a really nice girl,” said cousin Ivonne Guzman. “She was just a happy person inside. She had a future ahead.”
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information on the suspect is urged to contact the Compton Police Department.
COMPTON FATAL HIT-AND-RUN INVESTIGATION
While authorities will ultimately hold the hit-and-run and DUI suspect fully responsible for this senseless tragedy, the family members of Jennifer Lopez will have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the defendant once apprehended. Wrongful death family members are entitled to compensation for damages which include funeral costs and loss of companionship.
WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY
“Regardless of the circumstances of a wrongful death, if someone’s negligence is the reason for that death, the negligent person may be held accountable through a wrongful death case,” said Candice Bond, the founder of Bond Sanchez-Gordon. “A wrongful death claim is a civil action for financial damages brought by the estate or relatives of the deceased. A civil case is very different from a criminal case in a number of ways and its own separate action. Criminal charges stem from law enforcement and pass through a prosecutor or a district attorney on behalf of the government where the remedy is a punishment against an individual who committed a crime.”
*Candice Bond, who was interviewed for this article, is a Managing Partner at Bond Sanchez-Gordon. If you would like to contact Bond Sanchez-Gordon for legal guidance and counseling, call 800-471-0314.