Is this common in all of America`s largest cities?
When I first moved to Florida a few years ago, I drove downtown after dark just to see what it was like, and a car rear ended me. The light skinned African American who hit me slammed his car in reverse and squealed away within seconds. As hard as he hit me, I was surprised to find no damage to my car. I stay away from downtown, I learned my lesson.
Hit and run is a frequent news item in Florida too. Riding a bicycle and walking across a busy street in Florida requires real bravery.
In Los Angeles though, hit and run is epidemic according to The Los Angeles Weekly:
There is no LAPD task force or organized city effort to address the problem, yet the numbers are mind-boggling. About 20,000 hit-and-run crashes, from fender benders to multiple fatalities, are recorded by the Los Angeles Police Department each year.
That’s huge, even in a city of 3.8 million people. In the United States, 11 percent of vehicle collisions are hit-and-runs. But in Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly has learned, an incredible 48 percent of crashes were hit-and-runs in 2009, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available. According to data collected by the state, some 4,000 hit-and-run crashes a year inside L.A. city limits, including cases handled by LAPD, California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff, resulted in injury and/or death. Of those, according to a federal study, about 100 pedestrians died; the number of motorists and bicyclists who die would push that toll even higher.