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California Car Accident Proves Fatal for 5-year-old Boy

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Alex Arranaga, a 5-year-old boy, died recently from the injuries that he had sustained in a September 22, 2009 California car accident after he was struck by a car while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on a bicycle. The tragic accident occurred as Alex, along with another 10-year-old boy, was attempting to cross Pacheco Boulevard in Los Banos, California, the Enterprise reports. The boys were on the bicycle and crossing the street when a motorist, who did not see the light turn red, struck the boys in the crosswalk. The 10-year-old was treated at a local hospital and released, but Alex died from his injuries. Police said drugs or alcohol were not involved. The 60-year-old driver was not cited or arrested pending an investigation.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of young Alex Arranaga for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to Alex’s family. I wish the other victim, the 10-year-old boy, the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep this victim and Alex’s family in your prayers.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but five injuries involving bicycle accidents in Los Banos, California. In Merced County as a whole, two deaths and 53 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents in 2007. Also during that period, 42 deaths and 1,231 injuries were reported in Merced County involving car accidents.

If this news report is accurate, it seems to me that the driver is at fault for causing this fatal collision. He ran the light because he did not see it turn red. If this news account is accurate, then the driver was negligent. In any bicycle accident case, determining if a bicyclist was negligent depends on whether or not he had the right to be where he was at the time of the collision. Under the California Vehicle Code, a bicyclist is a “vehicle” and the rider has the same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle such as a car. If the bicyclist in this case had the green light, he had the right to cross that intersection. Based on this report, the boys pushed the crosswalk button, waited for the light to turn green and only then began to cross the street. I don’t see any contributory negligence on the part of the boys who were on the bicycle.

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer

The Arranaga family would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who can analyze all aspects of this tragic accident and make sure they get the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. In any fatal car accident case where there is negligence or wrongdoing involved, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical/funeral expenses and other damages. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway. If such a condition caused or contributed to this fatal car accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Any such claim against a governmental agency must be properly filed within six months of the accident or injury.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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  • rachael ryab

    I was one of the first people on the scene for little alex. I attempted to do cpr on him as I am a certified medical assistant who just happened to be there at the right or wrong (pending on how u view this). Your account of the story is very much accurate. Alex was initially purnounced dead at the scene but was revived enough to be able to keep his little organs alive. He saved many lives with his. I keep very much in close contact with his family who are still suffering from there loss. I do believe charges should be pressed against the man who ran the red light. He showed no concern for either boy who was hurt and attempted to claim he had a stroke or heart attack which was clearly not the case. The Los Banos police department and EMT’s were quick to respond however I don’t believe they did anything to help prosecute this man. I have suggested to the family they should maybe subpeona his phone records to ensure he was not talking or texting during the accident. The light was clearly red and he ran it going about 45 or 50 mph.thru a very small, rural town. It could be possible little alex’s family is not getting the correct information needed to pursue a case. Any type of advice would be appreciated and passed on to the family.

  • John Bisnar

    In response to your request, “Any type of advice would be appreciated and passed on to the family,” the best advice I have for the family is to get a comprehensive consultation with one of the top personal injury law firms in California. All of the best firms will provide the family with a free, confidential consultation. Most of them, like my law firm, will provide the consultation without any pressure to sign up with them at all. There is a lot of information the family should know and be considering. They have various options. There unique circumstance and the facts of the accident and injuries themselves will dictate the families rights and options. Get a consultation with a great law firm. Have them call us for assistance. We will provide them the help and peace of mind they may be looking for. Substantial rights can be lost if appropriate action is not taken within 180 days.

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