An elderly couple was struck and injured by an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus while walking in a crosswalk in Santa Ana the night of November 5, 2014.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the injury collision occurred at the intersection of Ross and Fourth streets.
Police say the man in his 70s and the woman in her 60s were walking in the crosswalk on
the south side of Fourth Street. The bus had just left a bus stop just south of where the couple was walking and struck both.
The man is said to be in critical condition and the woman, in serious condition. Passengers who were riding the bus at the time were not injured. Investigators are questioning the driver. They say it does not appear that the driver of impaired or distracted when the collision occurred. No arrests or citations have been issued. The investigation is still ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these elderly victims who have been severely injured in this bus crash. We wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were seven fatalities and 135 injuries in the city of Santa Ana as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2012, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, 47 people died and 808 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the bus driver failed to see these two pedestrians walking in the crosswalk and failed to yield the right-of-way. 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.”
However, it is unclear in this case as to why the bus driver did not yield to the pedestrians. Police have ruled alcohol or drugs were not a factor.
Was distraction or inattentiveness a contributing factor? Is this a dangerous crosswalk where other pedestrians have been injured? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In this particular case, the bus driver and OCTA could be held financially responsible for the couple’s injuries. Injured victims of bus accidents can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the case and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.