There are plenty of unexpected and sometimes bizarre news stories coming out of Los Angeles each day. Between Hollywood divorce dramas and other news stories is a fatal pedestrian accident that is slowly gaining the attention and sympathies of local residents.

Recently, twin sisters were struck by a pickup truck as they fought in Leimert Park. Police reported that the twins were involved in an altercation that started inside their home but later spilled out into the streets.

According to police, an unidentified motorist was behind the wheel of a Ford pickup truck as it traveled along Leimert Boulevard. The truck hit the twin sisters as they tussled, killing both before leaving the scene of the accident. Some witnesses claim that the driver of the pickup truck did stop, but the L.A. Coroner's office is calling the incident a possible hit-and-run. Police are still investigating as to whether there was foul play involved.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a pedestrian is killed every 110 minutes in the United States because of traffic accidents. A recent study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute concluded that L.A. drivers kill pedestrians and bicyclist at a significantly higher rate than other drivers in the country.

Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic and an extremely heart-breaking affair for the victims and their families. These accidents leave a family broken up and having to face the grief of losing a loved one. While no amount can compensate for the grief and suffering, victims and their families can fight to win some form of justice and financial compensation for distress resulting from reckless and negligent driving.

Source: Daily Mail, "Twin Sisters Hit, Killed While Brawling in Los Angeles Street," Amanda Williams, Jan. 14, 2013