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Los Angeles Car Accident Fatally Injures Elderly Pedestrian


Jose Martinez, 88, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by a vehicle the morning of September 26, 2010. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Martinez was walking down the 300 block of East Foothill Boulevard in Azusa when he was hit by a Ford Windstar van driven by a 47-year-old woman. Martinez was transported to a regional hospital for treatment of critical injuries, but died a few hours later. Police do not believe speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jose Martinez for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. This grieving family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 21 injuries were reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Azusa. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 214 people died and 4,985 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Fatal Crash

Based on this news report, it is not clear why the driver struck the pedestrian. Was she somehow impaired? Was the driver distracted at the time or driving recklessly? Did she lose control of her vehicle because she was speeding? Where was the man walking at the time? Was he on a sidewalk? Was he crossing the road or was he walking along the shoulder of the roadway? I trust officials are looking for witnesses who can tell them what occurred in this case and who was at fault.

Fault and Liability

If the woman is determined to have been at fault, then she could be held liable for Martinez’s wrongful death. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.

A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether a dangerous condition on this Azusa roadway caused or contributed to the fatal pedestrian accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining this roadway could also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any wrongful death or personal injury claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.

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