We teach our children to be responsible, not only because it reflects well on us as parents, but because we love our kids and we want them to grow up to be upstanding, socially-accepted adults themselves. We teach them to be respectful, to share their toys, and to behave in the presence of other adults. But, above all, we teach them to own up to their own mistakes and to be selfless, to put others ahead of themselves.
Unfortunately, these are qualities that are often found lacking in the world we live in.
Last Monday, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the southwest Los Angeles area. The man was in his 50s, and he was struck just after 5:00 in the morning on the 1200 block of West 94th Street.
He died at the scene. The person that hit him fled and has not been found as of yet.
When a tragic accident occurs, we stop and offer to help, even if that means we may get in trouble. This is because we want to be responsible. We want to be selfless and put the safety of others ahead of ourselves. Victims die in hit-and-runs, not because of the injuries they sustained from the accident, but from the extended time it takes to be noticed and get potentially life-saving medical attention.