Oscar Cordoba, 82, was killed in an Anaheim car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, the night of November 4, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred in the 3300 block of West Lincoln Avenue. Officials say a Kia struck Cordoba as he crossed the roadway. He was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries. The driver of the Kia remained at the scene. Officials are still looking into whether Cordoba was in a crosswalk at the time of the collision. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Oscar Cordoba for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), eight fatalities and 101 injuries occurred involving pedestrian accidents in Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 41 people died and 864 were injured in pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Laws Involving Pedestrians
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to whether Cordoba was walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at the time. 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.”
I trust officials are looking into whether the driver of the Kia was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed, distracted, inattentive or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. Officials say there are no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. If the motorist is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Cordoba’s wrongful death. In such cases, families of deceased car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.