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Orange County Tricycle Accident

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Fatal Orange County Cycle Versus Auto Accident

A man killed in an Westminster auto accident when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his tricycle has been identified as 72-year-old Dieu Vu of Westminster, The Orange County Register reports. The fatal auto accident occurred the morning of March 23, 2009 when Vu was pedaling his cycle across the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue. A full-sized pickup with oversized wheels and a high suspension turned right on a green light into the cyclist, Vu, according to Westminster police officials. The driver of the pickup was identified as 31-year-old Michael Sindar of Westminster.

I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Dieu Vu for their extremely tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 traffic accident statistics, there was one bicycle accident fatality and 31 injuries that occurred as a result of bicycle accidents in Westminster. In Orange County as a whole, 16 deaths and 1,020 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents during 2006.

In this particular case, there is little information available about how or why the fatal tricycle accident occurred. Based on the newspaper report, it seems that Dieu Vu was crossing at an intersection. Sindar was turning right on a green, but if he had seen Vu crossing the street, he should have stopped his pickup truck and yielded right-of-way to Vu. The fact that Sindar did not stop and kept going tells me that he did not see Vu on the tricycle attempting to cross the major street intersection. Going by some of the comments made to this news account, this is not the first fatality to happen here at what appears to be a very busy and dangerous intersection with blind spots
California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that 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 a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Dieu Vu’s family would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County auto accident lawyer, who will determine the facts of this case and hold the negligent parties accountable. A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on that roadway or intersection that caused or contributed to the accident. If that is the case, then the city of Westminster could be held liable. In California, a claim against any governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident.

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  • Nancy Kerr

    Thank you Mr. Bisnar for writing about this. I am the daughter of Dieu Vu. I was surprised to come across this blog as I was trying to research the man that killed my father and wrongful death attorneys. I truly appreciate all the kind words and prayers for out family.

  • Adam

    I approached the intersection that morning saw the man lying on the ground while a man in army fatigues tried to perform CPR.

  • Kathryn Youngs

    I think it is sad how quickly people jump to point the finger. It makes me wonder whether they actually seek justice for the incident or purely compensation for their revenge. If you really wish to seek justice why not go after the city whose negligence has caused multiple accidents to occur at said intersection many of which have brutal casualties. Or why not go after the law allow trucks and SUVs to be lifted so high off the ground impairing a drivers vision. Sindar drove a perfectly legal vehicle and followed all driving protocol when merging onto the street. Further investigation showed that Sindar even attempted to save the man involved. Police on scene even cited Vu at fault for attempting to cross the street in an unmarked zone without acknowledging on coming traffic. By punishing Sindar what does that accomplish for the grieving family? Why not go after who is truely at fault or better yet grieve for your lost love one and move on.

  • Symanthia Chambers

    Thanks Kathrn Youngs. I agree Sindar tried to give cpr, Vu was in an unmarked zone and both families will be affected by this tragedy forever.Sindar has risked his life sevreal times for us and his country and I know that he will forever be marked by this tragic event. Our prayers and blessings are with both famlies.

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