LA MIRADA — A 90-year-old La Mirada man died early Thursday after he was struck by two cars — one of which fled the scene — while out for his morning walk.
Jingyu Park died at the scene after he was struck by the vehicles just before 6 a.m. at Valley View Avenue and Adoree Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Bill Evans said.
Park was crossing west across Valley View Avenue at the intersection when he was struck by a northbound Honda Accord being driven by a La Mirada man in his mid-20s, the lieutenant said.
“That driver witnessed a second car — which was described (only) as a blue Toyota Camry, strike the victim as he lay on the ground, dragging him approximately 50 yards,” Evans said.
The Camry continued driving and was last seen heading north on Valley View Avenue, then west on Imperial Highway, officials said.
The driver of the Accord cooperated with authorities and nothing criminal was suspected, Evans said. He was not cited or arrested.
The elderly grandfather was taking a morning walk, as is his custom, when he was struck, Evans said.
The intersection where he was struck is not regulated by traffic signals or stop lights.
Though there is no marked crosswalk at the intersection, the point where the man crossed is considered an unmarked, or “implied,” crosswalk, Evans said.
In addition to crosswalks denoted by street markings, the California Vehicle Code defines a crosswalk as: “That portion of a roadway included within the prolongation or connection of the boundary lines of sidewalks at intersections where the intersecting roadways meet at approximately right angles.”
When dealing with unmarked crosswalks, vehicles are legally required to yield the right-of-way to crossing pedestrians.
However, the vehicle code also requires pedestrians to yield the right-of-way to any vehicles that are “so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.”
Witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information, is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711 and ask for Deputy Tibbetts.