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Woman Killed, Husband Injured in Van Nuys Car Accident

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Nagat Farag was killed and her husband Fouzi Farag was injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a car struck them as they were crossing the road. According to a City News Service report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of August 5, 2012 near the intersection of White Oak Avenue and Vanowen Street in Van Nuys.

Police say the couple was walking outside a crosswalk south of Vanowen Street when a 2012 Lexus RX350 going south on White Oak hit them. Nagat Farag was transported to an area hospital where she died. Her husband, Fouzi Farag, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver stopped, called 911, pulled over and tried to assist the couple. He has not been arrested pending an official investigation.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Nagat Farag, especially her husband who was there at the time of this tragic collision. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 82 fatalities and 2,630 injuries involving Los Angeles pedestrian accidents. Countywide, 179 people died and 4,918 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Laws Relating to Pedestrians

Based on this news report, it appears that Nagat and Fouzi Farag may have been crossing the roadway outside the marked crosswalk. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”

Liability Issues

I trust officials are looking into whether the driver in this case was speeding, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time of the collision. If that was the case, he could be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses. If a dangerous condition on the roadway caused or contributed to the incident, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.

Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident. Victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.

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