Officials in South El Monte have identified 47-year-old Jose Lopez as the pedestrian who was killed on October 17, 2008 after he was struck by several vehicles, including at least one hit-and-run driver. According to an article in the Pasadena Star-News the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Rosemead Boulevard just south of Rush Street.
California Highway Patrol officials say Jose Lopez walked into the path of an oncoming 2004 Honda. After that initial impact, Lopez was struck by multiple vehicles and at least one hit-and-run driver. Anyone with more information about this 10/17/08 incident is asked to call CHP’s East Los Angeles office at 323-980-4600.
I offer my condolences to Jose Lopez’s family. I hope the hit-and-run driver who failed to stop after such a horrific crash is apprehended and brought to justice.
In El Monte, there were four pedestrian accident related fatalities in 2006 and 44 pedestrian accident related injuries, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS).
If I were a member of the Lopez’s family, I’d want to know what really happened in this deadly accident. I hope others who witnessed it come forward with reports of what they saw. The article does not say whether Lopez was in a crosswalk or not. Even if Lopez was not in a marked crosswalk, the drivers who hit Lopez should still be held responsible for causing the accident and his death.
According to the California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) – “The driver of a vehicle shall yield right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the street in a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection … 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 the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
If Lopez was alive after the Honda struck him and was killed by the second or third vehicles that hit him, then those drivers could be held criminally and civilly responsible for Lopez’s death. Lopez’s family would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Southern California pedestrian accident and auto accident attorney who will help them find the answers and help protect their rights.
The attorney should investigate if any dangerous condition existed on the El Monte roadway. The government agency responsible for maintaining this roadway may be held responsible if it is determined that an unsafe road condition contributed to this fatal pedestrian crash. Any claim against a government agency in the State of California must be filed within six months of the accident.