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California pedestrian killed while crossing the street

"California law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks," said a police spokesperson. Nevertheless, one more fatal accident occurred in California when a pedestrian was recently struck at an intersection.

The pedestrian killed was a 59-year old woman. She was struck by a Nissan Maxima. The woman driving the vehicle stayed upon the scene, seemed to be cooperative, apparently was not driving at excessive speed, and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The pedestrian that was struck was taken to the hospital where she soon after died of major injuries.

Police are still hoping that other witnesses can come forward to provide more information as to what occurred. We don't know if the driver was being inattentive at the time that the accident occurred as that will still need to be determined by those investigating the incident.

What is for certain is that the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in California is far too high. Drivers often do not pay attention to pedestrians. Combined that with the fact that too many drivers travel at high rates of speed and are often under the influence of alcohol, we can then understand why so many pedestrian accidents do occur.

If you are the family member of a pedestrian that has been injured or killed due to a car accident, you may find it helpful to consult with an attorney that represents clients injured in motor vehicle crashes. These attorneys can speak with witnesses, reconstruct how an accident occurred, and can also make certain that injured parties receive the compensation they deserve either through settlement or in court.

Source: Mountain View Voice, "Pedestrian struck by car dies at hospital," by Andrea Gemmet, March 5, 2013

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