Surviving a car accident was a short-lived moment for a man that was later killed in a pedestrian car accident while attempting to summon help.
According to a Merced County Sheriff’s Deputy, 42-year-old Alexander Costis, 42 was killed at about 3:17 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, on Highway 152 near the Romero Visitor Center west of Los Banos, when he was run over by a car after his initial auto accident.
Our car accident attorneys know that wrongful deaths frequently occur when two or more cars collide. It is sad to think that someone survived a crash, only to walk out of the wreckage, and become involved in a pedestrian accident that takes their life.
California Highway Patrol reported that Costis’s Toyota Tundra truck apparently drifted onto the center median. Immediately, Costis overcorrected while attempting to bring his truck back on the road, went up an embankment, rolled-over and slid down a 200-foot cliff in an apparent single-car accident.
After getting out of his wrecked truck, Costis and his 23-year-old passenger — Aria Day Fletcher — were able to scale the cliff (but Costis made it up first). Costis then attempted to flag down a passing car driver for help after his single-car accident when, while in a westbound lane, he was struck and killed by a Honda Accord in a fatal pedestrian accident.
Fletcher was transported to the hospital to undergo medical treatment for the significant amount of damage that was done to his body.
CHP officer Lance Velez said “the car’s driver, 43-year-old Fernando Martinez, probably won’t face any criminal charges related to Costis’ death…at this point it appears there was nothing (Martinez) could have done to avoid it.”
While Martinez was injured, neither of the two passengers in his Honda were hurt.
The car accident lawyers at our firm handle many wrongful death accidents each year. Not many people die in a second car accident after surviving and attempting to get help from the first one. This just goes to show you that you always need to take the utmost car when on the roads. Pedestrian accidents happen far too much, so walkers need to be careful as a collision with a car is a losing situation.
If you are ever in a car accident, remember that the danger is not over until emergency personnel can arrive to stabilize the situation.
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