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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Riverside Car Accident

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Maria Carachure, 64, sustained life-threatening injuries in a Riverside car accident after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, the night of August 20, 2011. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, Carachure was walking in an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection of California Avenue and Heidi Road, when she was struck by a Mitsubishi Montero driven by 59-year-old Celia Scott. Carachure was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. Officials say Scott failed to see the pedestrian as she crossed the street. They do not believe alcohol was a factor. An investigation is ongoing.

I sympathize with Maria Carachure and her family members for what they are going through at this time. I wish her the very best for a quick and full recovery. Please keep this victim in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 88 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Riverside. In Riverside County as a whole, pedestrian accidents claimed 40 lives and injured 395 people, during the same year.

Crosswalk Laws

Based on this news report, Carachure was legally crossing in an unmarked crosswalk at the Riverside intersection. Under California law, motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians at an intersection – regardless of whether they are crossing in marked or unmarked crosswalks.

California Vehicle Code Section 21950 states: “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”

Fault and Liability

I trust officials are looking into why the driver failed to see the pedestrian or yield right-of-way. Was she distracted, speeding, inattentive, or otherwise negligent? If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she can be held liable for Carachure’s serious injuries. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will better advise car accident victims about their legal rights and options.

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  • maria fuentes

    im family of maria carachure.we dont understand how mrs.scott did not see all 6 people cross the street?and she was not walking she was in the bike lane when she was hit.mrs.scott went into the bike lane she almost took out a trash can to.about my mother in law she is still in a coma with swelling and bleeding on the brain,back broken in 4 places,broken ribs,broken pelivs legs broken 1 almost decapated and still on life support.we still dont know if there is a qualliy of life for her yet.there is alot of sleepless nights with the children who were with her and witness there granmother get hit by a car not one day gose by that my 3 year old dosent say i hold grandma’s hand and she wont wake up and her leg is open.my 12 year old wont even sleep in his room i always find him in my room next to my bed.we havent heard anything about the investgation.we really dont know what is going on..

  • Anonymous

    old ladie shouldnt be crossing a busy street,that dumb ass

  • Anonymous

    a friend of mine told me they saw what happened,first of all,@maria fuentes the people that saw what actually happened they said their wasn’t 6 people crossing and that mrs scott was on the slow lane not on the bike lane,and think of this isn’t it a ilegal to walk on the bike lane,especaully on a busy street like claifornia and heidi ave,i see that maria is not in a coma if she is telling your family what happened,isnt that common sence,your family should think and think about what happened by looking at every point,i say you guys are stupid people you and all your family give mexicans a bad name by exajerating the facts!!!!

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