Cecelia Manjares, 30, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after a minivan was broadsided by the driver of a Toyota Prius, who officials say, ran a red light causing the car accident at the Fairfax Village intersection. According to KTLA and CBS news reports, the minivan carrying at least four people was traveling east on Beverly Boulevard and crossing Fairfax Avenue the morning of May 2, 2009 when the Prius struck it on its side.
Los Angeles Police officials said Manjares was ejected upon impact from the minivan and died at the scene. Officials are saying that the Prius’ driver ran a red “tri-light signal” at the intersection and that speed may have also been a factor. Investigators are also looking into whether alcohol or drugs were involved. The Prius’ driver suffered personal injuries, but they were not life threatening. No one else was hurt.
My heart goes out to the family of Cecelia Manjares for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved the victim of this car crash. Please keep them in your prayers
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 260 traffic accident deaths and 27,110 personal injuries reported in the city of Los Angeles as a result of car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole there were 712 fatal car accidents and 56,475 injuries involving car accidents in 2007.
It is a serious violation of California law to run a red light at an intersection. There are various California Vehicle code sections that are part of what we commonly refer to as “rules of the road.” These code sections address motorists’ behavior at intersections, especially those controlled by traffic signals. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.”
In this case, the driver of the Prius broke this law by running a red light and officials say he may have been speeding. If it is determined that he was driving recklessly, he could be held criminally and civilly responsible for Manjares’ death. The family of Cecilia Manjares would be well advised to seek the counsel of experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys, who will determine the facts of this case and hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions. If I were representing Manjares’ family, I would also investigate whether she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. If she was, then it should be determined whether a seatbelt defect may have caused her fatal injuries. If that is the case, the manufacturer of the defective product could be held liable.