A 62-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego car accident after she was hit by a vehicle while walking in a marked crosswalk. According to a news report in The San Diego Union-Tribune, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the morning of September 27, 2011 on Eighth Street, between Burden Drive and Arcadia Place, in National City. Officials say a 25-year-old Navy sailor was driving to work in a Honda sedan when he struck the woman who was in the crosswalk. The woman died before she could be taken to a hospital. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to have been a factor in this fatal crash.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased car accident victim. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two fatalities and 27 injuries occurred involving pedestrian accidents in National City. In San Diego County as a whole, 57 people died and 937 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, the victim was walking in a marked crosswalk. However, it is unclear as to why the driver of the Honda failed to notice and yield right-of-way to the pedestrian in the crosswalk as required by the law.
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.”
Fault and Liability
Officials have said the driver was not under the influence. I trust they are looking into whether speed, inattention, distracted driving, or any other form of negligence contributed to the incident. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could be held liable for the pedestrian’s wrongful death. An experienced