Sally Rae Paskin, 69, was killed in a Long Beach car accident after she was struck by a car while crossing the street. According to a City News Service report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Willow Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach the evening of January 22, 2011. Police say Paskin was hit by a vehicle as she was crossing the roadway. She was transported to a local hospital where she died. No charges have been filed pending an official investigation.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Sally Rae Paskin for their tragic and devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), six people were killed and 234 were injured in Long Beach pedestrian accidents. During that same year, there were 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries reported as a result of Los Angeles County pedestrian accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Pedestrian Accident?
It appears from the report that the victim was crossing the street when she was hit. It is not clear if Paskin was in a crosswalk. 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.” This 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.”
According to the same vehicle code: “This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
In this case, if the driver is determined to have been at fault, then he or she could be held liable for Paskin’s wrongful death. If a dangerous or defective roadway caused or contributed to the fatal accident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a California public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident. An experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims’ families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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