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Los Angeles Car Accident Kills Man on Scooter

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Michael Irvin, 60, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident the evening of June 8, 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. Irvin was crossing the street at the corner of Towne Avenue and Third Street when a 41-year-old Pomona woman driving north struck him. No citations were issued or arrests made. Irvin was pronounced dead at the scene. If you witnessed this Pomona car accident or have more information, please call Pomona Police at 909-620-2081.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Michael Irvin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to 2007 data from California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 11 fatalities and 894 personal injuries in Pomona involving car accidents. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 deaths and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car crashes.

California law states that motorized scooter riders must follow the rules of the road just like the driver of any other vehicle. California Vehicle Code section 21221 states: “Every person operating a motorized scooter upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.”

Based on this newspaper report, it is not clear where Irvin was riding his scooter. If he was crossing the street on a marked or unmarked crosswalk at the intersection and he had the right-of-way, then the driver of the car can be held liable for Irvin’s fatal personal injuries. Irvin’s family would be well advised to consult with experienced California personal injury attorneys, who will analyze all aspects of this case, determine the facts and identify the negligent parties. Skilled Los Angeles car accident attorneys will also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this tragic car collision. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a California governmental agency must be properly filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.

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