According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 4,654 lives were lost in pedestrian accidents due to car crashes in 2007, almost thirteen people every day of the year. In fact, one pedestrian is injured by a vehicle ever 8 minutes, and one pedestrian dies as a result of injuries from an accident with a vehicle every 111 minutes.
That’s more than one wrongful death every hour-and-a-half.
In recent local San Diego car accident news, a 64-year-old Tijuana man was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Highway 94 and died. The Tijuana man– a truck driver — stopped on the right shoulder so that he and his passenger could clean his windshield. But while the men were cleaning the truck’s windows, a car collided with the rear of the truck and ran over the truck driver.
UPDATE: The Tijuana man has been identified as Gregorio Bejar Valencia.
The car driver, who caused the fatal pedestrian accident, stopped and surveyed the scene of the car accident and walked to the front of the truck where Valencia lay injured with a severed left leg and a severely injured right leg. The car driver then took off, fleeing the scene of the auto accident.
Valencia was helped by paramedics, but he suffered major injuries in the pedestrian accident and died shortly after he was taken to the hospital.
While the cause of the hit-and-run pedestrian accident is not yet known, speeding and distracted driving are two of the top causes of auto accidents. The hit-and-run driver was described as a Hispanic man in his 30s and was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans at the time of the pedestrian accident. When found he faces felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter charges.
If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident hiring an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can help ease any pain and suffering you may be going through.
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