Los Angeles, California (August 25, 2019) – A beloved Southern California teenager was fatally struck by two vehicles on Saturday, August 24, at about 2:45 a.m. in Los Angeles, ultimately passing from his injuries.
The deadly accident happened on the Express Lanes of the Harbor (110) Freeway at Martin Luther King Boulevard. According to the California Highway Patrol, Matthew Olson, 18, of Newport Beach, was on foot in between the two FasTrak lanes when he was hit by a Toyota CHR driven by a Redondo Beach man. As Olson was lying in the roadway as a result of the first impact, he was hit by a second vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle stopped and attempted to render aid but the second driver callously left the scene. The driver of the first vehicle, according to the local CBS News affiliate, was taken into custody on undisclosed charges. A search is underway for the driver of the second vehicle.
Drivers in California have a duty to keep a proper lookout — even for pedestrians on the highways. The family of young Matthew should immediately insist on an investigation into how fast the other vehicle was driving and into any potential insurance policies that would provide for recovery given that this incident also involved a hit and run driver.
Anyone who witnessed this collision is encouraged to immediately contact the California Highway Patrol.
Young Matthew Olson was described as a graduate of the 2019 class of Corona Del Mar High who was set to begin classes in a few days at USC. He was a talented young man that played on the basketball and volleyball teams while in high school. In 2018, his volleyball team won the national championship and he even earned the Coach’s Award for “Hardest Working Player,” USC officials said in a statement. Those who knew him described him to the media as an “incredible young man” and the “consummate teammate” who was “always looking out” for others.
Alpine Law Group sends strength and condolences to the family of young Matthew Olson. Our firm stands ready to help those affected by tragic auto accidents obtain the justice they deserve. We can also help you obtain a copy of the police report free of charge. Call us 24/7 at (800) 984-4123 or contact us online to be directly connected with an attorney for a no-obligation consultation. There are no up-front fees and you pay us nothing if we don’t win. You may also contact us via text message and online chat 24/7. We look forward to speaking with you.