Tanya Freed, 20, was fatally injured in a Huntington Beach car accident after an SUV struck her at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Warner Avenue and Sims Lane, the evening of June 11, 2012. Police say Freed was hit by an SUV being driven by an 82-year-old man. They are looking into reports that Freed stepped in front of the SUV. The driver remained at the scene to talk to police. No citations have been issued or arrests made. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who saw this accident is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5670.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of Tanya Freed, who are mourning this tragic loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were three fatalities and 58 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Huntington Beach in 2009, according to the most recent statistics made available by the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 41 people died and 864 were injured due to pedestrian accidents, during the same year.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news account, it is not clear as to how or why this fatal pedestrian accident occurred. 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.”
If the motorist in this case was speeding, inattentive or otherwise negligent, he could be held liable for the woman’s wrongful death. The family of a deceased victim, in cases where negligence is involved, can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.