Darrell Moody, 57, was killed in a pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck him in South Los Angeles.
According to a City News Service report, the fatal accident occurred at Western Avenue and Lohengrin Street the night of July 19, 2015 in unincorporated South Los Angeles.
Police say Moody was crossing Western Avenue eastbound at the intersection of Lohengrin Street when a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Christine Newton of Compton struck him while traveling south on Western Avenue.
Moody was thrown about 75 feet.
Newton stopped at the scene. Police are investigating the incident.
We offer our deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Darrell Moody for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) there were 104 fatalities and 2,610 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles.
Countywide, 203 people died and 4,821 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the incident occurred at a street intersection where Moody was crossing the street. It is not clear if Moody was walking in the crosswalk or who had the right-of-way at the time.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a), motorists are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked crosswalks.
There are still a number of questions here.
Who was at fault? Was the driver impaired, distracted, fatigued? Did the driver run a traffic light or stop sign? Was he or she driving at an excessive or dangerous speed?
These are just some of the questions we hope are being asked while determining precisely how or why this fatal accident occurred.
Fault & Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased accident victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.