A 3-year-old girl has died from her injuries after being hit in a Alameda pedestrian accident the night of April 23, 2009, The Daily Review reports. The girl was being pushed in a stroller by her mother at a Cherryland street intersection. California Highway Patrol officials said the girl and her mother, 33-year-old Jasleen Nagi of Hayward, had just entered a crosswalk at Mission Boulevard and Medford Avenue when a 2006 Kia made a right turn from a nearby parking lot. The driver of the Kia, identified as 45-year-old Glenda Williams of San Leandro, said she did not see Nagi and the child in the crosswalk.
Officials said Williams was looking out for another vehicle at the intersection and wasn’t paying attention to the mother and daughter in the crosswalk. The child, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital where she died from the fatal pedestrian-car accident. CHP officials said no drugs or alcohol were involved. Officials say that although that intersection is not known to be particularly dangerous to pedestrians, this is the third “weird” fatal pedestrian accident that has occurred in the area this month.
My heart goes out to the family of the little girl, especially the mother, Jasleen Nagi, who saw her young daughter struck and killed. I offer my deepest sympathies to Nagi and everyone who knew and loved this little girl. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were 18 fatal pedestrian accidents and 591 personal injuries relating to pedestrian accidents in all of Alameda County. Cherryland is what is known as a census-designated place (CDP) in Alameda County.
California law required motorist to stop for pedestrians at 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.”
In this case, if the newspaper and official reports are accurate, it appears that the driver simply did not see Nagi and her daughter in the crosswalk. It may have been carelessness or error. However, it would be in Nagi and her family’s best interest to contact experienced California pedestrian accident attorneys, who will be able to determine whether there was negligence on the part of the driver. Skilled California personal injury attorneys will also be able to determine whether there was a dangerous street condition at that intersection, which may have caused or contributed to the pedestrian-car crash. Officials say it was the third “weird accident” at that intersection. But in my opinion, when there are three accidents at a location in one month, that is no freak coincidence. It is definitely worth a thorough investigation.