Thursday, January 14, 2010

Firefighter injured by hit-and-run driver in Laguna Beach

Being a firefighter for 15 years, Luke Perisin has helped countless injured victims of car accidents, rescuing and taking people to safety.

Little did he know that the day will come when he will be on the side of the injured victim who needed rescuing.

Just last weekend, Perisin was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking on the crosswalk at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Brooks Street.

According to police, the suspected driver was on the southbound lane of South Coast Highway when he suddenly crossed over the other lane and struck Perisin.

Perisin hit the windshield and was sent 50 feet into the air.

He sustained head injuries and numerous broken bones.

Authorities are now looking for a white Toyota Prius or Corolla with front end damage and probably busted windshield.

The hit-and-run driver, aside from being charged with a personal injury lawsuit will also be prosecuted for leaving an accident scene.

Under the law, motorists are required to stay after an accident until the time that we are cleared by proper authorities.

We are also required to exchange information with the other parties involved and provide assistance to those who are injured.

Hopefully this driver will be caught soon so he can answer to what he has done.