Marie Moran, 61, was killed in a Redlands pedestrian accident on November 7, 2008 after she was struck by a pickup truck at a street intersection. According to this news Web site, Moran was crossing Orange Street at Colton Avenue when a 28-year-old man driving a Toyota Tundra hit her as he turned north onto Orange Street. Moran was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The driver of the Tundra has not been arrested or cited pending an investigation of this 11/7/08 pedestrian accident.
I offer my condolences to the family of Marie Moran for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to readers who commented on another news Web site, Marie Moran walked to work and back everyday and always used crosswalks. At the time of this accident, it appears that Moran was using a crosswalk. But this commenter says that that intersection and that particular crosswalk has always been a dangerous one. The commenter also says the city needs to install flashing lights on this crosswalk and/or turn signals at this intersection to prevent such tragedies in the future.
In this particular case, it does appear that the driver of the Tundra did not see Marie Moran crossing the street. California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
The same code section also states: “The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
I’d strongly urge the family of Marie Moran to retain the services of an experienced California pedestrian accident attorney who will help look into this incident and determine who or what was at fault for the accident and the resulting fatal injuries. If the driver of the pickup truck is found to have been distracted, negligent or impaired at the time of accident, then he may be held criminally and civilly liable for the accident. If a dangerous condition at that Redlands intersection was a factor, then the government agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a government agency must be filed within six months of an accident.