Long Beach, California – With the growing number of vehicles on the roads and a population that is becoming increasingly distracted by mobile devices, hit-and-run crashes are unfortunately becoming more and more common.
Hit-and-run crashes are a problem that represents a threat to the lives of millions of people. In recent years, the rate of hit-and-run crashes has been steadily increasing, causing serious concerns among road safety experts who say this is an alarming trend that needs to be addressed.
Despite the authorities’ best efforts, it can be difficult to track down and prosecute the drivers responsible for these types of accidents.The most common reasons for hit-and-run crashes are distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding.
Traveling at a high rate of speed was determined to be the reason of a hit-and-run that occurred several months ago in Torrance, which claimed the life of a pedestrian and damaged another vehicle, and authorities in Torrance arrested the person responsible earlier this week.
Patrick Carty, 51, of Castaic, was arrested in connection with the incident that took place in the 2700 block of Artesia Boulevard on October 27.
Officers from the Torrance Police Department responded to the scene at around 7:30 a.m. after receiving a call regarding a hit-and-run with a fatality. Upon arrival, they found an unresponsive man lying on the street and another person suffering from injuries. The victim, identified as 78-year-old Ralph Paccione, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial investigation showed that a white 2005 Ford truck was traveling at an excessive rate of speed westbound on Artesia Boulevard when it rear-ended a black 2000 Toyota truck. The force of the impact caused the driver of the Ford to lose control over his vehicle and veer off the road, striking a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk. Following the crash, the driver of the Ford fled the scene on foot. The driver of the Toyota, whose identity was not revealed, was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Several months into the investigation, authorities managed to identify the driver of the Ford as Carty and arrested him on Tuesday after serving an arrest warrant for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run. Carty was later released on bond.