Yueany Qisquina, 27, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident after he was struck by an elderly driver who apparently lost control of his vehicle. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 8th Street in Koreatown, the morning of July 31, 2011. A 73-year-old woman driving a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder veered into the northbound lanes of traffic and went off the roadway. Qisquina was walking on the sidewalk when the car hit him.
The critically injured pedestrian was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Officials say drugs or alcohol were not factors in this fatal crash. The elderly driver has not been arrested and no charges have been filed pending an official investigation.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Yueany Qisquina for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles Pedestrian Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the elderly driver lost control of her car and struck the pedestrian who was legally walking on a sidewalk. There are several questions that remain here. What led the driver to lose control of the SUV? Officials say she was not intoxicated. Was there an auto defect or malfunction in the SUV, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle? Was she distracted or inattentive at the time? Was she traveling at an unsafe rate of speed? Were any other vehicles involved in this incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, she could not only face criminal charges, but can also be held civilly liable for Yueany Qisquina’s wrongful death. The victim’s family would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.