Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

A local crossing guard was hit by an SUV while standing in a crosswalk outside Madera Elementary School in a Simi Valley pedestrian accident. Just moments before the crossing guard was hit, a female pedestrian had been crossing the street. The 57-year-old crossing guard, Bob Belanger, pushed the woman out of the way to safety, taking the hit from the vehicle himself.

FOX40 reported that Mr. Belanger has been working as a crossing guard for the past three years. The accident happened around 7:30 a.m., so there were many parents dropping their kids off at school. Police responded to the incident and closed the roads around the school. Because the driver of the SUV stopped at the scene, police are not treating this incident as a hit-and-run accident.

It does not appear the driver, who was also in his 50s, was intoxicated at the time of the collision, but police are still investigating the cause. Mr. Belanger was rushed to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries. The woman pushed out of the way was not injured thanks to Mr. Belanger’s heroic act. We wish Mr. Belanger a speedy recovery.

A Van Nuys pedestrian accident this week caused the death of veterinary nurse, Pamela Ramos. According to ABC 7 News, 27-year-old Ramos was out walking her neighbor’s dog when she was fatally struck by a black Camaro.

The Van Nuys pedestrian accident occurred in the early morning hours, around 2:45 a.m. Ramos was crossing the street when the black Camaro, traveling north on Burnet Avenue, hit her. The driver called 911 and stayed at the scene to cooperate with officers. Officers at the scene said the neighbor’s dog was not hurt in the incident.

Ramos’ brother stated, “my sister was a very loving person, she loved animals, she would help others before helping herself, a very genuine person.” The investigation into what happened in this early morning accident is ongoing. At this point, investigators do not believe the driver was speeding or under the influence, however they will continue to work to determine the cause. We offer our condolences to the Ramos family for their loss.

A young student walking to Pacific High School was killed after being hit by a speeding car in San Bernardino, California. The student, Jade Maldonado, was only 14 years old. The San Bernardino hit-and-run accident occurred in the morning before school, just after 7 a.m., as she was walking to class.

According to the San Bernardino Sun, Jade was crossing in a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a car that immediately fled the scene. The car was described as a Tan 2000-2004 GMC SUV. The vehicle was traveling approximately 40-50 mph when Jade was hit.

Jade was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Doctors performed surgery in attempts to save her, but Jade passed away later that day. The school district released a statement offering their condolences and letting parents and students know that school counselors are available to speak with students struggling because of this tragic accident. Police ask anyone with information about this hit-and-run accident to contact them immediately at 909-383-4247.

Around 5:30 a.m. at a crosswalk in downtown Los Angeles, a 67-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a white SUV in a tragic Los Angeles wrongful death hit and run accident. According to ABC 7 News, after hitting the man while he crossed the street, the driver drove off.

The driver of the white SUV has not yet been located, but police believe the car may have some damage to the front hood. They ask anyone with information about the fatal accident to contact them immediately. It is not yet known if speed or DUI were factors in causing the accident. Investigators are searching surveillance video in the area in an attempt to get more information about this Los Angeles wrongful death accident.  Continue Reading

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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