Richard Jeans Jr., 73, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after a car struck him in an unmarked crosswalk. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Jeans was riding his mobility scooter on Beach Boulevard the night of November 19, 2016 at the intersection of Taylor Drive in an unmarked crosswalk when a Mazda Protégé traveling north struck him.
When police arrived, they found Jean critically injured and lying in the roadway next to his scooter. No arrests or citations were reported. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in this collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5666 or 714-960-8825. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Richard Jeans Jr. for their tragic and heartbreaking 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), five deaths and 48 injuries were reported in the city of Huntington Beach as a result of pedestrian accidents. In Orange County as a whole, 52 people died and 784 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver struck Jeans who was riding in a mobility scooter in an unmarked crosswalk. Under California law, anyone who is riding in a mobility scooter is considered “a pedestrian.” So, the driver of the Mazda should have stopped and yielded the right of way to Jeans under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a): “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.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the Mazda is determined to have been at fault here, he or she could be held liable for Jeans’ wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, family members of deceased victims can file 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. An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer will help victims’ families in such cases, stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.