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Los Angeles Car Accident Kills Pedestrian


Adriana Bucklew, 50, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the major injury collision occurred the night of May 18, 2011 at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Platt Avenue in Woodland Hills. Bucklew was walking in a marked crosswalk when a Cadillac Escalade driven by 21-year-old Anais Garcia hit her. The driver was attempting a left turn on Platt at the time.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. She died the following morning from her injuries. Garcia stopped at the scene. She has not been cited or arrested pending an official investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8021.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Adriana Bucklew for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 104 fatalities and 2,716 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Crosswalk Law

Based on this news report, it appears that Bucklew was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Under California law, 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.”

Fault and Liability

Police say alcohol or drugs do not seem to have been a factor here. I trust officials are looking into whether distracted driving or any other form of negligence may have caused this tragic accident. If the driver, Garcia, is determined to have been at fault, she could be held liable for Bucklew’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims in such cases can seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will better advise injured car accident victims or their families about their legal rights and options.

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