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Man Killed In Huntington Beach Auto versus Pedestrian Accident

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A 42-year-old man killed in a pedestrian versus auto accident in Huntington Beach on December 6, 2008 has been identified as Isidoro Cardozo. According to this news report in The Orange County Register, Cardozo was attempting to cross Beach Boulevard near Slater Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Beach Boulevard.

Huntington Beach police officials said Cardozo died five hours after the accident. The driver, who stopped after the crash, was not cited or arrested pending a police investigation. Officials say that based on their preliminary investigation, the driver did not seem to have committed any violations. But officials also have not confirmed whether or not Cardozo was walking in a crosswalk.

My heart goes out to the family of Isidoro Cardozo for their heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them.

It would be very important in this case to find eyewitnesses who can tell officials exactly what happened in this Huntington Beach pedestrian accident. Although officials say their initial investigations show the motorist was not at fault, I believe this may not be accurate, especially when they are not sure whether or not the pedestrian was in a crosswalk. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a): “The driver of a vehicle shall yield right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalks or within any unmarked crosswalks at an intersection.”

Section (c) of the same code 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 urge the family of Isidoro Cardozo to contact an experienced Orange County pedestrian accident attorney, who will help them determine the parties who should be held responsible for this accident. As a law firm that represents Orange County auto accident victims, we see often that preliminary investigative reports are erroneous or inaccurate. Law enforcement agencies often do not have the resources to pursue or thoroughly investigate auto accident cases as they should.

A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into other factors that may have played a part in the crash such as a dangerous roadway or intersection. If it is determined that a dangerous roadway contributed to this accident then the government agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a government agency must be properly filed within six months of the accident.

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  • Robert Oglesby

    In the above article dated Dec 9, 2008, I was a witness to this tragic pedestreian fatality. I was driving in the #2 lane and as I was approaching Slater Street I noticed a small Man standing in the center median waiting (what I believe) for him to run across 4 lanes to get to the sidewalk. As I slowed down approaching Slater the light had turned Yellow so my speed was approx 35MPH. Almost in a moment I heard tires screeching and a thump and to the right side of my vehicle a body was in the air above my truck and landed 1/2 in the street and 1/2 his upper torso was on the sidewalk. I quickly turned into a small strip mall and positioned my truck so the headlights could be on the gentleman who came to rest on the sidewalk/street. I rendered first aid, he had a pulse but was bleeding from his left ear. I went back to check on the driver and he was in shock and despondent. I quickly was able to divert traffic so the vehicle who hit the pedestrian would not create another accident. (I told my wife to call 911 prior to me checking on the victim/driver). I was given the victims cell phone that was picked up after the impact and I gave it to the HB Policewomen who took my info. She called me about 2 hours later and I gave a precise statement of what I saw before,during and after the accident. It wasn’t until a year later I got a phone call from an attorney who represented the deceased gentleman that I was told he had died 5 hours later after the accident. It was dark and the car who hit him was travelling faster than me. My wife freaked out hearing the screeching noise and a body flying through the air right next to our vehicle. She didn’t want to stop, I did however to render what I could. So hopefully this will set the record straight. The victim was not in a crosswalk, he was standing in a left turn median dressed in dark clothes. I thought it was strange when I noticed hem standing there. So my theory was/is he ran behind my vehicle and did not see the vehicle who was in the far right lane behind me. The car that hit him was a low profile Mazda RX7. Lot of damage to his vehicle. The driver was not at fault.

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