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Elderly Man Killed in Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident

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Tran Nguyen, 90, was killed in a Santa Ana pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck him when he was walking in a crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue the morning of March 6, 2016. When police arrived at the scene they saw the pedestrian lying on the ground. Investigators say Nguyen was walking in a marked crosswalk at the intersection when a pickup truck going northbound struck him.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with the authorities. Nguyen was transported with life threatening injuries to an area trauma center where he later died. Police are looking into who had the right of way in this case. They don’t believe speed, alcohol or drugs caused this fatal crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 714-245-8216.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Tran Nguyen for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 12 fatalities and 134 injuries as a result of pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana. In Orange County as a whole, 52 people died and 784 were injured due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.

Crosswalk Law

Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred when the pedestrian was walking in a marked crosswalk. 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.”

Liability Issues

We trust officials are looking into whether the driver was negligent in any way and caused the collision. If that was the case, he could be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. A knowledgeable Santa Ana pedestrian accident attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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