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Fresno, CA – Driver Identified, Arrested in Pedestrian Accident that Killed LaVonda Anita Mosley

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Fresno, CA (March 20, 2021) – A driver who struck a pedestrian and left her in the road without stopping to render aid has been arrested in Fresno. Shortly after 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, March 5, officers in Fresno were dispatched to the intersection of Elm and Grove Avenues for a pedestrian-involved traffic accident. 

When they arrived at the scene, they found that LaVonda Anita Mosley, 55, had lost her life due to being hit by a car. A witness stated that Mosley had been attempting to cross the street when a passing vehicle struck her and immediately drove away. 

The vehicle that hit Mosley was identified to police by witnesses who were at the intersection during the crash. The car was described as a 4-door gray sedan, possibly a Kia Optima. On Tuesday, March 16, officers with the Fresno Police Department identified the driver at fault as Hope Marshay Whitemore, 30, of Fresno. 

Whitemore was arrested and charged with a hit-and-run as well as vehicular manslaughter. No other information has been released regarding the details of the incident at this time. 

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this fatal pedestrian accident in Fresno. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim. 

Pedestrian Accidents in Fresno

Each year, around 900 pedestrians lose their lives in traffic-related incidents throughout California. Given the drastic increase in the number of people we see walking, jogging, and getting out on foot, it is no surprise that California’s fatality rate for pedestrian accidents is nearly 25% higher than the national average. Regardless of how many actions are taken to protect pedestrians traveling through our state, the number of deaths each year continues to rise.

In many cases, pedestrians are struck by vehicles operated by distracted, impaired, and reckless drivers. Although we can be vigilant to protect others who are sharing the road, there is no guarantee that other motorists are going to take us into consideration while driving. As a result, we see numerous people fatally injured in accidents in California that could have been prevented. These accidents often have an overwhelming impact on families who are left to endure the mental, physical, and financial challenges of an unexpected loss. When victims are killed in auto accidents as a result of another person’s actions, it is crucial that their families contact a wrongful death attorney in California as soon as possible. Surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the costs they face moving forward after enduring an unexpected loss.

California pedestrian accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have extensive experience helping families recover after losing loved ones in preventable accidents. Unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims are filed in civil court by surviving relatives to recover compensation to alleviate the costs of funeral arrangements, recover lost wages, and obtain compensation for various other economic and non-economic losses. If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in California at your earliest convenience by calling (888) 500-5000 to discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Fresno.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Fresno and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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