An elderly man who was fatally injured in a pedestrian accident in Los Angeles has been identified by local officials as 79-year-old Theodore McElligatt. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the fatal collision occurred the morning of August 3, 2010 at the intersection of Bennett and Vista Bonita avenues in Glendora. McElligatt sustained critical head injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the accident. No charges have been filed pending an official investigation.
I offer my heartfelt sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Theodore McElligatt. Please keep this grieving family in your prayers.
There were four fatalities and 252 injuries involving car accidents in Glendora, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Los Angeles County, 667 deaths and 52,229 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Causes and Liability Issues
It is not clear from this news report whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. California law requires motorists to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks at intersections. I trust officials are looking into whether the pedestrian was at fault or whether the motorist was distracted, impaired or inattentive at the time.
It would be in the best interests of families of deceased victims to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will examine all angles of the case and hold the negligent parties accountable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the crash. If that was the case, the city or governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a public entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident.
Are there any intersections in your neighborhood that are unsafe for pedestrians?
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