Huntington Beach, CA (January 2, 2023) – On Saturday evening, December 31, an accident was reported in Huntington Beach involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that tragically resulted in the pedestrian’s death.
According to reports from the police, the accident occurred around 6:50 p.m. when a pedestrian was crossing the street on Slater Ave near Keelson Lane in Huntington Beach. A pickup truck was traveling east on Slater Avenue when the truck struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was forcefully thrown to the ground by the force of the impact.
Paramedics were immediately called and arrived on the scene within minutes and located the male pedestrian who was unresponsive in the roadway. Paramedics assessed the pedestrian’s injuries and provided medical care. The pedestrian sustained very severe injuries. Sadly, despite the paramedic’s life-saving efforts, the pedestrian’s injuries were too severe, and he passed away at the accident scene The Huntington Beach Police Department later identified the victim as John Diaz.
Police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. Officers closed the intersection of Slater Avenue and Keelson Lane as the victim was treated, and police conducted their investigation. The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the accident. The driver remained at the scene, and reports indicate the driver has been cooperative with the authorities conducting the investigation.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Pedestrian accidents are sadly on the rise in the state of California. In 2018, almost 900 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents, an increase of 25 percent since 2014. According to California’s Office of Traffic Safety, pedestrian deaths account for a quarter of all California traffic fatalities. In California, more pedestrian accidents are reported than in any other state in the country. Because of the beauty of the state and the availability of outdoor activities, pedestrians are often involved in accidents. When pedestrians are hit by a vehicle, they are very likely to sustain serious injury or death. Pedestrians have no way to protect themselves from suddenly being hit by a vehicle.
Because of the frequency of pedestrian accidents, California has passed a series of pedestrian favorable laws to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in the state. California law states that a driver must yield to pedestrians at all crosswalks or intersections or anywhere else a pedestrian may be. Failing to do so and yield the right of way to a pedestrian will likely cause the driver to be held liable for any accident that results.
If someone you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, a wrongful death suit may be filed seeking compensation for damages that have been incurred, which may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. While no monetary value can replace your loved one’s life, a wrongful death suit can bring closure and ease the stress of financial burdens caused by your loved one’s death.
If you have lost somebody you love in a pedestrian car accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Huntington Beach wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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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