Two people have been killed in separate pedestrian accidents on Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach on March 9 and early morning March 10. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the first incident occurred around 10:45 p.m. at Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue. Police said a woman believed to be between 50 and 60 years old was crossing the roadway when she was struck by a silver 2014 Nissan Versa. The driver, a 47-year-old Cypress woman, remained at the scene. Police said the victim was crossing Beach Boulevard outside the crosswalk just south of the intersection.
The vehicle was heading north approaching the intersection and had the green light, officials said. The second crash occurred early morning Sunday around 3:15 a.m. near Beach and Warner Avenue. In that crash, a 19-year-old Colorado man was struck by a silver 2013 Kia Optima while crossing Beach Boulevard.
The driver, a 26-year-old Riverside man was heading north through the intersection and officials believe he had the green light. The pedestrian, they say based on preliminary investigation, was outside the crosswalk. Police are still investigating both fatal pedestrian accidents. They are asking anyone with information about either crash to call Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5666.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the two pedestrian accident victims. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Increase in Pedestrian Deaths
Pedestrian deaths are at a high nationwide, according to a recent report. An estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in 2018, according to a new Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report, an increase of 250 people from 2017, and the highest level since 1990. The study projects that pedestrian deaths have climbed 51.5 percent since a low of 4,109 in 2009 to now comprise 16 percent of all road fatalities, which is up from 12 percent in 2009.
Researchers say the increasing use of SUVs and smartphones could be to blame. The numbers also showed that most walkers were killed on local roads after dark, with nighttime crashes accounting for more than 90 percent of the total increase in pedestrian deaths over the past decade.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code requires both drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution on the roadway. While pedestrians have a duty to be safe while crossing the roadway by using crosswalks, drivers also have a duty of care to pedestrians. They are required to slow down for pedestrians who may be crossing the roadway or yield the right of way. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing plays a part, drivers can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused. In such cases, an experienced Huntington Beach pedestrian accident lawyer can help victims’ families by staying on top of the official investigation and ensuring that their legal rights and best interests are protected.