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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Man on 405 Freeway in Carson Sunday


A 31-year-old man was struck and killed on the right shoulder of the 405 Freeway in Carson early Sunday.

The accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. The victim, 31-year-old Buena Park resident William Sulpacio, had parked his disabled car, a black BMW, on the right shoulder, near the Wilmington Ave. exit. He exited his car and was possibly checking on a mechanical problem when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, then possibly two other vehicles. According to California Highway Patrol officer Sergeant Tim Hall, the first driver who hit Sulpacio fled the scene. The driver of only one of the vehicles which subsequently hit him remained at the scene of the accident.

CHP investigators combed the scene looking for evidence and debris from the hit-and-run driver's car. The South Los Angeles CHP Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle. A witness informed the CHP that the fleeing car appeared to be a white or tan older model Ford sedan, with major damage to its right side. There may be black paint transfered to its right side.

Sulpacio was coming home from a post-Thanksgiving party when he was struck and killed.

It is not known if drugs or alcohol played a part in the accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as the result of a hit-and-run accident or a freeway accident, you should speak with a personal injury attorney to find out about your rights. Even if the hit-and-run vehicle is never identified, you can make an injury claim under your own auto insurance if you have uninsured motorist coverage. Read more about hit-and-run accidents here.

McGee, Lerer & Associates is a Long Beach personal injury law firm. Our lawyers handle only personal injury cases and specialize in serious injury and death accidents. A lawyer at our firm is available 24/7 for a free consultation. Contact us for an evaluation of your case.