Gilbert Vasquez, a 25-year-old Santa Ana man, was killed the morning of December 20, 2008 in a pedestrian versus auto accident, The Orange County Register reports. The fatal Santa Ana pedestrian accident occurred near 17th Street and Tustin Avenue. Shortly after the collision Vasquez was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. California Highway Patrol is apparently handling the investigation because it occurred in an unincorporated area of the city.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Gilbert Vasquez for their tragic loss.
Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2006-sec8.pdfReporting System (SWITRS), in 2006, there were seven fatalities involving pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana and 127 pedestrian accident involved injuries. In Orange County as a whole, 45 deaths and 802 injuries were attributed to pedestrian accidents in 2006.
I’m sure right now Gilbert Vasquez’s family members have a lot of questions they would like answered. How did this pedestrian versus auto accident occur? Whose fault was it? Was Vasquez walking in a crosswalk at the time of the accident? Was the driver distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Vasquez’s family deserves to know what happened here and I trust once the CHP completes its accident investigation they will be able to provide the family with answers.
If the driver of the vehicle was under the influence, then he or she would be held criminally and civilly responsible. The driver could also be held responsible if he or she was found to be careless or distracted. I’d urge the family of Gilbert Vasquez to consult with a reputed Orange County pedestrian accident attorney, who will identify and determine the negligent parties who should be held responsible in this case. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway or intersection that caused this tragic accident. If that is the case, 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.