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Lancaster Auto Accident Kills Toddler


Manzeal Walker, a 2-year-old Palmdale boy, was killed in a Lancaster traffic accident, according to an October 6, 2008 CBS News report. The crash occurred when a 21-year-old woman, driving southbound on 20th Street West in a 2004 Hyundai, ran a red light at Avenue N. Her car struck a Dodge vehicle of which Walker was a passenger.

California Highway Patrol officials said the Dodge then spun into the path of a 2007 Toyota. The impact from that collision caused Manzeal to be ejected from the Dodge. Manzeal was pronounced dead at an area hospital. A 27-year-old female passenger in the Dodge and a 2-year-old child in the Hyundai were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Officials say Manzeal may not have been properly restrained.

My heart goes out to the family of little Manzeal. Please keep them in your prayers.

There were 19 traffic accident fatalities and 969 traffic accident related injuries in Lancaster in 2006, according to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System. Five out of the 19 traffic fatalities in Lancaster were alcohol-related, the report states.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, in 2006, as many as 171,000 auto accidents, 144,000 injuries and 887 fatalities were attributed to red light running. Public costs exceed $14 billion per year and more than half of the deaths in red light running crashes are other motorists and pedestrians. Red light runners are dangerous drivers who irresponsibly put others at risk.

In this case, the driver of the Hyundai will likely face criminal vehicular manslaughter charges for causing the accident and the fatality. According to the California Penal Code Section 192 (c), vehicular manslaughter is defined as “driving a vehicle in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to felony, and with gross negligence.” It could become a felony charge if officials determine that alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this horrible crash.

The family of Manzeal Walker would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Southern California car accident attorney with a wealth of local case experience. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into whether the boy’s death was caused by a defective product such as a defective seatbelt. The attorney should also investigate if there was a dangerous condition at this Lancaster intersection that was a factor in this crash. If that is the case, the government agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a government agency in the State of California must be filed within six months of the accident.

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2 responses to “Lancaster Auto Accident Kills Toddler”

  1. commenter says:

    it has been over a year since the accident and thanks to this website my name is still dragged through the mud everytime someone googles me. im sick and tired of explaining to people if any of what this website states was true, i’d be in jail. the police report does not hold me responsible. this is hurtful to an unbelievable extent. it is time to take it down.

  2. commenter says:

    this article is very hurtful and disturbing to me. i was involved in a horrible accident on october 3, 2008. i was headed south bound on ave. n. but you fail to mention i was stopped at a red light. then proceeded southbound once the light turned GREEN. i hadnt made it a 1/4 of the way through the intersection when my car was struck by the dodge. my 2 year old was also in the car. she was fine. not a scratch. SHE was buckled into her car seat.WHEN YOU PUT OUT AN ARTICLE THAT STATES ” Red light runners are dangerous drivers who irresponsibly put others at risk” YOU IMPLY THAT I WAS DANGEROUS AND IRRESPONSIBLE. i have never had a ticket, run a red light, or been in an accident before this.”Five out of the 19 traffic fatalities in Lancaster were alcohol-related, the report states.” this quote would lead people to believe that i may have been under the the influence of alcohol. this statement is very untrue. i have never been behind the wheel of any vehicle under the influence. i am a responsible mother and i have devoted my life to caring for others. i am deeply saddend by the loss of that child. but i am also very angry at an irresponsible mother that did not even bother putting her beloved son into a car seat. i am in no way implying this is deserved or her fault. but the fact is she was irresponsible. the car was not even insured to be on the road. i understand this is a sad case, and by putting it up on your website it will draw attention to your firm. but this article states very little fact and implies a lot of guilt. i have not been charged with anything to date. so i feel that by putting this article up you are being judge and jury in convicting me in the court of public opinion. as i stated beforeit is hurtful and unwarrented. i would truely appreciate if you removed this article from your website, i doubt that will happen, so at least put my comment up and give me the chance to defend myself.

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