Anaheim, CA (April 12, 2023) – On Tuesday, a pedestrian or jogger was apparently crossing the southbound 5 Freeway at Magnolia Avenue in Anaheim when he was struck and killed by a vehicle.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the unidentified victim was hit shortly after 4:00 p.m.
A witness told responding officers that a male pedestrian was hit by the vehicle in question while walking from the right median of the freeway, close to the center divider. The driver fled the scene after hitting the man, and EMTs pronounced the man deceased shortly after their arrival at the scene.
Police are still investigating and noted that a pickup driver might have hit the man but have not released any other identifying details about the suspect or the victim at this time. Anyone with information should contact the Anaheim Police Department immediately.
Our deepest condolences are extended to the deceased man’s family.
The number of fatal accidents in California is increasing. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrians account for 25.6% of all traffic fatalities in the state. The agency’s data for 2020 indicate that 6,516 pedestrians were killed in traffic incidents across the nation, an increase of nearly 4% from the previous year.
In addition, nearly a quarter (23%) of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents were struck by vehicles that fled the scene. In addition, according to the California Highway Patrol, drivers convicted of hit-and-run pedestrian deaths face up to 15 years in prison.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while distracted are additional causes of fatal accidents.
Obviously, pedestrians in California should be aware of the imminent dangers and be vigilant when walking near vehicles. There is little a pedestrian can do to avoid a sudden collision with a vehicle, leaving them vulnerable to severe injuries or fatality. However, pedestrians can do their best to avoid these fatal incidents by remaining vigilant and observing their surroundings.
However, if a loved one was injured or slain in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Holding the responsible party accountable for the death of your loved one can bring closure and alleviate the financial burdens caused by their departure. Insurance companies have stringent filing deadlines, so you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-vehicle collision, speak with a reputable attorney. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with an Anaheim pedestrian accident attorney by contacting Russell & Lazarus APC at (888) 539-3154.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified; therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer, so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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