A 3-month old baby girl identified as Ruby Gould was killed, and a woman and a 11-year-old child are in critical condition after a Huntington Beach car accident the morning of September 7, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Springdale Street and Croupier Drive.
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Fatal Pedestrian Collision
A 31-year-old woman was walking in the crosswalk with two children — an 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy — as she pushed the infant’s stroller. Huntington Beach police say that one vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, stopped to allow the pedestrians across the street, but it was rear ended by another vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, which failed to stop. The force of the collision pushed the first vehicle into the crosswalk striking the stroller, the woman and the girl. The baby died at a local hospital later during the day, while the woman and the girl remain in critical condition. The boy was uninjured. No citations were issued or arrests made, pending an official investigation.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members of little Ruby Gould, who was killed in this horrific crash. My heart also goes out to the two critically injured victims. It is indeed fortunate that the boy was unharmed. These victims and their families will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were five fatalities and 59 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, 31 people died and 785 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2008.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Chevy Tahoe may have been at fault for failing to stop and yield right-of-way to pedestrians in the crosswalk, as required under California Vehicle Code Section 21950. I trust officials are looking into why this driver did not stop in time. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors. However, I sincerely hope they are looking into whether he or she was distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time.
Injured victims or families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach car accident lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Injured victims in such cases could seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and other damages. Families of deceased victims could file a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties seeking damages.
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