Patricia Hultin, 78, was killed in a Lake Forest car accident on Christmas Day, which officials say, occurred at a street intersection.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the crash occurred at the intersection of El Toro Road and Glenmeadows Drive the night of December 25, 2015. Hultin had to be extricated from her vehicle.
She was transported to an area trauma center where she died from her injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was
not injured, but remained at the scene.
No citations or arrests were reported. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Patricia Hultin for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records (SWITRS), two fatalities and 168 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents in Lake Forest. In Orange County as a whole, 165 people died and 13,837 were injured due to car accidents during the same year.
Stop Sign Law
Based on this news report, it appears that the collision occurred when the two vehicles collided at the intersection of El Toro Road and Glenmeadows Drive. It is unclear based on this report as to which vehicle was going in what direction. Traffic on Glenmeadows Drive have a stop sign while traffic on El Toro don’t. So cars on Glenmeadows are required to stop and yield to traffic on El Toro.
According to California Vehicle Code section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
In such cases, the at-fault or negligent driver can be held liable for injuries, damages and losses caused. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
An experienced Orange County personal injury attorney will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.