Maya Karmanova, 56, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Walnut Creek after officials say a motorist ran a red light and struck her.
According to a news report in Patch.com, officials say the fatal accident occurred the morning of November 10, 2015 at the intersection of Treat Boulevard and Cendelero Drive.
Police say Karmanova was walking in a marked crosswalk when a motorist ran a red light and struck her.
She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and died from her injuries. The 44-year-old male driver remained
at the scene.
The driver has not been arrested or cited pending toxicology tests. Investigators are also looking into whether the driver was texting at the time of the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Maya Karmanova for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were three fatalities and 24 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Walnut Creek. In Contra Costa County as a whole, 12 people died and 204 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents during the same year.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the pedestrian was legally walking in a marked crosswalk with the light when the driver ran a red light and struck her. The motorist allegedly violated several laws. He not only failed to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but also ran a red light and struck the pedestrian, fatally injuring her.
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, officials are looking into whether the driver was distracted by his cell phone or texting at the time of the crash.
Justice for Victims’ Families
It remains to be seen if the district attorney will file criminal charges against the driver. Even if no criminal charges are filed, the victim’s family can seek justice and compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
An experienced California personal injury attorney can help families in such cases stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.