Ervina Keller, 77, was killed in a Riverside car accident after she was hit by a minivan while crossing the road. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the evening of July 7, 2011, at the intersection of Acacia Avenue and Thompson Street in Hemet. Keller died at the scene of the crash. Officials are investigating the cause of this fatal collision.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Ervina Keller for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 26 injuries involving pedestrian accidents reported in Hemet. In Riverside County as a whole, 30 people died and 338 were injured in pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Laws Involving Pedestrians
Based on this news report, it is not clear how exactly this collision occurred. There is a crosswalk and a stop sign at the intersection, but is not clear where Keller was walking at the time. If she was in the crosswalk, the motorist had a duty to stop and yield right-of-way to the pedestrian.
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.” The same section also states that the driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk “shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of a vehicle or take any other action relating to the operating of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.”
Fault and Liability
If the driver of the minivan is determined to have been at fault, he or she could be held liable for Keller’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of companionship, and other related damages. The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
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