A man died after he was struck by a vehicle in Garden Grove Street, Tuesday evening.
The pedestrian was running across Chapman Avenue, when he was struck by a vehicle. Police and Firefighters arrived at the scene around 6:40 p.m. The victim was a man in his 50s. He was taken to UCI Medical center for his injuries, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The vehicle that struck the pedestrian was a black Saab 900S. It is believed that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Chapman Avenue. The vehicle ran into the pedestrian as he ran northbound across Chapman Avenue.
The pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk. Witnesses said that it looked like he was running to catch a bus. According to witnesses, the pedestrian fell into the street after crossing the center divider. The pedestrian was not able to get up, and he was run over by the Saab.
The driver stayed at the scene. He cooperated with the police. There have been no arrests or citations made. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident.
This is a sad story that happens much too often. Although pedestrians have right of way, it is important to remember to follow road safety rules. Please remember to practice safe driving and pedestrian habits.
This accident occurred early in the evening. It was probably already dark out. At night, pedestrians should wear brightly colored or reflective clothing. This will ensure that drivers can see them. Flashlights are also helpful. A pedestrian should try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. This will ensure that drivers can see them.
Pedestrians should only cross in marked areas. This will help protect pedestrians from such accidents. Drivers know that these marked areas exist, and they will drive more carefully when there is a marked area for pedestrians. Pedestrians are in a driver’s blind spot. Protect yourself by looking left and right before crossing. Do not run when crossing the street. You should always walk.
Avoid any distractions while crossing the street. Do not listen to music or use your phone while walking. It is important for pedestrians to focus on the road.
Car accidents involving pedestrians are always tragic. If you or a loved one was the victim of a car accident, there are legal institutions in place to protect your rights. A car accident lawyer can help you seek maximum damages for any losses you may have experienced.
Contact the Law Offices of Dara Khajavi for additional information. Our Garden Grove car accident lawyers will guide you through all the legal proceedings.