Angelina Bandino, 15, was killed and another victim was critically injured in a San Bernardino car accident the evening of November 17, 2009, the Victorville Daily Press reports. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Cottonwood Avenue near Mauna Loa Street in Hesperia, California. According to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Angelina was walking on the shoulder of Cottonwood Avenue with two other friends, when a pickup truck struck them. Emergency personnel pronounced her dead at the scene and airlifted the second victim to an area hospital for treatment of major injuries. Angelina and the other victim were walking legally on the shoulder of the road, within designated areas, according to preliminary findings. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of young Angelina Bandino for their heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to the grieving family. I also hope the injured victim has a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these pedestrian accident victims and their families in your prayers.
San Bernardino Pedestrian Accidents
There were four deaths and seven injuries involving California pedestrian accidents in Hesperia, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In San Bernardino County as a whole, 50 were killed and 432 injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2007. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 308 lives and injured 9,920 people the same year.
At this point, there are more questions than answers here. If I were a family member of these victims, I would definitely want to know what exactly caused this collision. Why did the driver of the pickup truck not see the pedestrians on the shoulder of the roadway? Was this accident the driver’s fault? Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Was the driver distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which prevented the driver from seeing the pedestrians? Did this roadway have a sidewalk? The Bandino family has suffered a tremendous loss and deserves to know why young Angelina was fatally injured.
Pedestrian Accident Liability Issues
If this accident was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable for the accident and resulting injuries. Any claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. If the driver was at fault here, then he or she could be held liable.
Victims and their families, in such cases, would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer, who will fight for their rights and make sure that the negligent parties, whoever they may be, are held accountable for their actions. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer should also explain to the families how their car insurance policy applies to a pedestrian accident or an incident involving an uninsured or underinsured motorist.
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