An Orange County woman was riding in a golf cart with her spouse at Royal Vista Golf Club in Los Angeles County when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver. The woman was fatally injured and the husband survived. To make matters worse, the hit-and-run driver has not been located or even identified.
Failure to identify the hit-and-run driver, however, did not deter the family members of the deceased from filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members claim that the driver — was not the only one to blame for the woman’s unfortunate death.
Albeit, the driver clearly acted in a heinous fashion. After the collision, the woman was ejected from the golf cart. Then the driver sped away, driving over the top of her in the process. Police are still searching for the motorist.
In the meantime, the family members’ wrongful death lawsuit claims that Los Angeles county and the Royal Vista Golf Club are also to blame for the accident. According to the plaintiffs, a 45 mph speed limit on the road is negligent and irresponsible, especially considering that numerous golfers and golf carts are crossing the road throughout the day. Also, the wrongful death action alleges that the golf course was negligent in not providing safer alternatives for crossing the road, such as a tunnel or bridge.
Whenever a hit-and-run crash happens, it can be difficult for victims or family members to seek justice if the driver remains at large. However, in some cases — like the one referenced above — family members and victims may have other avenues and additional at-fault parties to hold accountable for their damages.
Source: MyNewsLA.com, “Family of mom killed in golf cart hit-and-run sues the club and LA County,” Christina Kelley, Nov. 06, 2017