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Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Kills Woman

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A woman was killed in Compton the afternoon of May 11, 2009 in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident, ABC News reports. The woman, who has not yet been identified, was fatally struck when a person driving a Toyota Camry smashed through the front of a liquor store at Central Avenue and Compton Boulevard. Witnesses said the gold Camry was going south on Central. At the time, a black Acura or Honda made a left turn off Central to go west on Compton. The driver of the Camry apparently tried to avoid the other car, lost steering control and crashed into the store. The Camry struck a woman who officials say was either a pedestrian or a customer in the store. Two others were hospitalized with personal injuries.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman who died in this tragic car-pedestrian accident, as well as to the injured victims who are in the hospital. I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victim. I wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

As the news report states, this is an unfortunate pedestrian-car accident. However, as personal injury attorneys, we find out that even the most unfortunate, tragic and freakish of accidents could involve negligence or recklessness. In this case, if the eyewitness reports are accurate, there was another car involved — a Honda or Acura. Apparently that other driver made an unsafe left turn in front of the Camry causing the driver of the Camry to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the liquor store.

California law is very specific about the requirements for drivers making a left turn or a U-turn. California Vehicle Code section 21801 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”

I hope the driver of the other vehicle in this case is found and questioned about this fatal pedestrian accident that has left one woman dead and two others injured. The family of the woman and the injured victims would be well advised to consult experienced California personal injury attorneys, who will analyze all aspects of this case, interview eyewitnesses and determine who or what caused this tragedy.

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