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Elderly Pedestrian Killed in San Francisco Area Car Accident


Charles Bolt, 85, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to a news report in The Daily Journal, the pedestrian versus car accident occurred the night of October 14, 2010. Police believe that Bolt attempted to cross the street from the north side of 25th Avenue in San Mateo when an SUV struck and killed him. The 58-year-old female driver of the SUV was not cited or arrested at the scene of this fatal pedestrian accident. An investigation into this incident is still pending.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Charles Bolt. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic car accident.

Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were killed and 48 were injured in San Mateo pedestrian accidents. In San Mateo County as a whole, eight deaths and 250 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Laws Relating to Pedestrians

Based on this news report, authorities suspect Bolt was not utilizing the crosswalk at the time of the car accident. Motorists are required to yield right-of-way to pedestrians who are walking in marked or unmarked 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.”

Liability Issues

I trust officials in this case are also looking into whether the driver was impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent at the time of the car accident. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. Families of deceased car accident victims, in such cases, would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable.

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