A man who appeared to be homeless was struck and killed by a motorist who then fled the scene Friday night in Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the fatal hit and run took place at around midnight at the intersection of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards, where a man carrying clothes and other possessions across Venice was hit. Witness Bruce Bauer told reporters at the scene that the collision resembled an “explosion of clothes.”

The driver of the vehicle, which is being described as a black, compact sedan with probable front end damages, slowed initially, but did not stop, continuing down Lincoln Boulevard. The homeless pedestrian, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have information about the vehicle or driver involved is being encouraged to contact the LAPD as soon as possible to assist in the ongoing investigation.

The fatal collision continues a dangerous and growing trend that is threatening pedestrians throughout Los Angeles. In the first nine months of 2013, there have been more than 14,000 reported hit and run incidents resulting in hundreds of deaths. “It is truly a crisis”, says LAPD Commander Mike Williams, noting a 3% rise in hit and runs over the past year.

In an LA city council meeting held Tuesday, local police issued a number of recommendations for improving pedestrian safety throughout the city, and several received approval, including support for state legislation to increase the penalty for anyone caught leaving the scene of an accident.

As a driver, if you’ve been in an accident of any level of severity, it is essential to remain at the scene and exchange information with the other parties involved, and the police if they are called to the site. Leaving an accident without identifying yourself could lead to significant punishments, including jail time if injuries are suffered.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should also look to the assistance of legal representation to get you back on your feet. With the help of an experienced Los Angeles car accident attorney, compensation can be recovered to help cover the cost of your damages, both physically and mentally, including hospital visits, surgeries, rehabilitation, therapy, and more.

At AA Accident Attorneys, we understand your rights and will fight to get you the full amount that you are rightfully owed. As with all our clients, we will not charge you for any of our legal services until your case is won; if we are unable to collect on your case, then you will not owe us anything. For more information and a free evaluation to discuss your available options, call us right away!