Violeta Hwang, 76, was killed in a pedestrian accident in Burbank after a delivery van struck her.
According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal collision occurred the morning of October 26, 2014 at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Victory Boulevard.
Police say Hwang was walking eastbound across Hollywood Way when the van hit her.
The driver of the van, a 51-year-old man, was
making a right turn from southbound Hollywood Way to westbound Victory Boulevard. Hwang died from her injuries at a local hospital. Officials are still investigating the cause of this fatal crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Burbank police at 818-238-3100.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Victoria Hwang for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were two fatalities and 56 injuries reported in the city of Burbank in 2012, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Los Angeles County as a whole, 203 people died and 4,821 were injured due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the delivery van was making a right turn when he struck the elderly woman who was crossing the street. The intersection of Hollywood Way and Victory Boulevard is monitored by traffic lights and has crosswalks. Police have not stated if Hwang was walking in the crosswalk or if she had a light.
However, California law requires motorists to yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks. 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 delivery van is determined to have been at fault, both the driver and his employer could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death. Families of deceased victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Injured victims and their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will examine all aspects of the incident and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable attorney will also be able to determine if a dangerous roadway or intersection contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.