Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

A San Bernardino County pedestrian accident in Bloomington this week caused the death of three siblings, and left their mother seriously injured. According to CBS News, 19-year-old Leonardo Bravo lost control of his Dodge Challenger and collided with the group of pedestrians. The car continued forward, finally crashing into a tree and brick wall.

The pedestrians, a 20-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy, and a 14-year-old girl, were walking home with their mother along Slover Avenue when the accident occurred. The mother, who survived the accident, was rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries.  Continue Reading

ABC 7 News reports that on Sunday, May 20, around 6 p.m., the driver of a Chevy Tahoe jumped the curb onto a side walk in South Los Angeles and crashed into a mother and her 2-year-old son who were out for a walk. Eidan Cortez, the young child, was tragically killed as a result of this Los Angeles pedestrian accident.

Prosecutors say that the driver of the Tahoe, a 32-year-old Gardena man, George Milton, was intoxicated at the time of the accident—his blood alcohol content was right at .08, the limit in California.  Once Milton struck the young boy, he reversed, hitting the child again. Milton “allegedly tried to flee the scene, but bystanders helped restrain him until police arrived.”

The driver will now face charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury for which he can face up to 25 years in prison.  Continue Reading

A young girl from Mission Hills High School in Escondido, Lauren Wolford, tragically died after she was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk.  According to NBC News, Lauren Wolford, a Senior, was walking to school for dance practice around 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Just blocks from the high school campus, a black BMW left the road and hit her. An employee from the school was the first to respond, however, Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene.

Classmates and teachers have set up a memorial near the crash site, mourning the loss of the teen just weeks away from graduation. The school district released the following statement as the students returned to school after the accident: “There are many, many broken-hearted people at Mission Hills High School today, We will embrace our students as they come and help them get through all the emotion that will be confusing and frightening.”  Continue Reading

A young girl from Mission Hills High School in Escondido, Lauren Wolford, tragically died after she was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk.  According to NBC News, Lauren Wolford, a Senior, was walking to school for dance practice around 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Just blocks from the high school campus, a black BMW left the road and hit her. An employee from the school was the first to respond, however, Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene.

Classmates and teachers have set up a memorial near the crash site, mourning the loss of the teen just weeks away from graduation. The school district released the following statement as the students returned to school after the accident: “There are many, many broken-hearted people at Mission Hills High School today, We will embrace our students as they come and help them get through all the emotion that will be confusing and frightening.”  Continue Reading

A woman visiting the beach in Newport Beach, California, was hit by a city vehicle while lying on the beach.

According to CBS Los Angeles, the woman, who has not yet been identified, was resting on a spot in the sand by the lifeguard headquarters. Around 1 p.m., a male driver drove a Newport Beach City truck, rolling over the woman in the process.

The woman was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive. It has been confirmed the truck’s tires rolled over her and she suffered injuries to her chest and her pelvis.  Continue Reading

According to the Orange County Register, a male pedestrian was killed while walking on the sidewalk in Tustin, California when a BMW jumped the curb and hit him. The Tustin pedestrian accident occurred around 7:00 am near Newport Avenue and the I-5 freeway.

Police are still investigating to determine exactly what caused the driver of the BMW to leave the road and cause the wrongful death of the pedestrian. The Tustin police reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle, jumping the curb and striking a retaining wall, then hitting the pedestrian. At this time, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in this Tustin wrongful death accident.

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Uber has made what some may consider to be a very smart business decision, by settling the wrongful death claim for the family of the pedestrian who was struck by the Uber autonomous vehicle on March 18, 2018. According to CNN, the family hired an attorney and made a settlement with Uber, so that parties could avoid a possible wrongful death lawsuit.

Uber has not commented on the wrongful death claim against them and the family’s attorney basically only said that the matter has been resolved. Understandably, the family of the wrongful death victim deserves to have its privacy. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed, but we can assume that the family agreed to keep everything confidential, so as not to set a precedent against Uber.  Continue Reading

An Uber self-driving autonomous vehicle tragically caused the wrongful death of a pedestrian on Sunday. According to CNN, the Uber wrongful death accident happened in Tempe, Arizona, where Uber has been testing its autonomous vehicle technology. This particular accident involved a Volvo XC90 SUV, which struck a pedestrian.

The Uber pedestrian accident occurred when Elaine Herzberg, a pedestrian who was walking her bike across the street, was struck and killed by the Uber SUV. Ms. Herzberg was 49 years old and passed away due to the impact with the SUV. Preliminary reports indicate that the SUV appeared to be going about 40 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit was 35 miles per hour.  Continue Reading

A Lake Elsinore man, David Loperena, turned himself in to Riverside County Police in connection with a hit and run collision that killed a 10-year-old boy. NBC News reported that 10-year-old Antonio Ochoa was crossing the street in a crosswalk near his home in Lake Elsinore with his mother and sister. The driver of a red truck ran a stop sign and hit Antonio, carrying his body 25 yards down the road. Officers attempted to search for surveillance video of the red truck in the area following the accident, but were unsuccessful.

Investigators arrested Loperena, the alleged driver, after he turned himself in for fleeing from the scene of the wrongful death pedestrian accident.  Tragically, there are many serious hit and run accidents throughout California that involve the wrongful death of pedestrians. A moment of negligence or recklessness can lead to the premature death of an unsuspecting pedestrian. Continue Reading

George Johnson, a 91 year old man, who was evacuated from his retirement community due to the Montecito mudslides, tragically died when he was hit by a car being driven by a drunk driver. According to the Independent, the driver of the vehicle, Nicholas Hart, who had two prior DUIs in the last three years, was driving on a suspended license and his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit of .08.

Mr. Johnson was crossing the street in a crosswalk, at the intersection of State Street and Micheltorena Street, when he was struck by Mr. Hart, a 26 year old man from Goleta. The Santa Barbara wrongful death accident occurred on January 23, 2018 and Mr. Hart is being held on one million dollars bail, for the second degree murder charge. Continue Reading

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