Morena Alvarado-Lopez Killed, Juan Bahena Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash

Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park ID’d as Morena Alvarado-Lopez


Los Angeles, California (February 25, 2020) – The authorities have identified the pedestrian who died in a suspected hit-and-run accident in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

58-year-old Morena Del Carmen Alvarado-Lopez and her husband, 71-year-old Juan Bahena, were walking north on Sunset Blvd near White Knoll Drive shortly before 1 a.m. when they were struck by a vehicle.

The vehicle reportedly dragged the couple for about 50 feet before they became dislodged.

Alvarado-Lopez and Bahena were transported by paramedics to County USC Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, Alvarado Lopez succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Bahena remained hospitalized with severe injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the involved driver fled the scene of the crash. The suspect vehicle has been described as burgundy or a red 4-door passenger car with possible damage to its front-end.

The couple’s family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Bahena’s medical bill and his wife’s funeral expenses.

No additional information was provided.

The accident remains under investigation.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  1. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  2. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  3. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  4. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  5. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  6. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  7. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  1. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian, a contributor to this site, is available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.