A San Bernardino County girl was hospitalized yesterday afternoon after a hit-and-run car accident. Authorities say that the crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday at the intersection of California Street and Plum Avenue in Ontario.
The Ontario Police Department told CBS Los Angeles that they found a 9-year-old girl lying between the street and the sidewalk and that she was taken to a hospital non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are still looking for the driver who ran over the girl. They believe the driver was a Hispanic female in her 30s who was driving a white midsized sedan. The car is believed to be an older model and has damage to its front passenger side.
Pedestrian safety is an issue throughout Southern California. Many pedestrian safety advocates accuse authorities of a “blame the victim” approach to pedestrian accidents. Recently, the New York Times wrote an article about LAPD’s new efforts to ticket jaywalking pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles.
Last Tuesday, a car carrying Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti hit a pedestrian downtown. The woman was hospitalized for three days but a hospital spokesperson described the woman’s injuries as minor.