Alan Bell, 45, suffered major head injuries in a pedestrian accident in Highland, which officials say, involved a suspected DUI driver.
According to a report in Highland News, the injury collision occurred the night of August 18, 2015 at the intersection of Base Line and Reedy Avenue.
Police said Bell was crossing Base Line from south to north within a marked crosswalk.
Several witnesses told police that the “crosswalk in use” warning lights were flashing as Bell crossed the roadway.
Bell was struck by a vehicle driven by 62-year-old Albert Robinson of San Bernardino. Police said Robinson failed to yield the right-of-way to Bell and struck him.
Officials also administered field sobriety tests to Robinson and determined that he was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Robinson has been arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim who has apparently suffered head injuries in this collision. We wish him the very best for a quick and full recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 18 were injured due to DUI crashes in the city of Highland.
In San Bernardino County as a whole, 86 fatalities and 897 injuries were reported due to accidents that involved alcohol and/or drugs. Also, countywide, during the same year, 52 people died and 371 were injured in pedestrian accidents.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case violated more than one law. Officials say he was not only under the influence, but also failed to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who was legally crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
Also, 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.”
In addition to criminal charges and penalties, the driver in this case can also be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages caused.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and disabilities, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.