Santa Ana, CA (January 19, 2022) – On Wednesday morning, January 18, an accident was reported in Santa Ana involving a vehicle and a pedestrian that tragically resulted in the pedestrian’s death.
According to reports from the Santa Ana Police Department, the accident occurred around 6 a.m. when a pedestrian was crossing the street on First St near the Iglesia de Cristo church west of Fairview Street. A vehicle was traveling west on First Street when the driver failed to see the pedestrian that was attempting to cross First Street. The driver crashed into the woman pedestrian and caused her to be forcefully thrown to the ground by the impact.
Paramedics were immediately called and arrived on the scene within minutes and located the woman who was suffering from major injuries in the 2800 block of First Street. 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 she passed away at the accident scene The Santa Ana Police Department has not released the victim’s identity at this point.
Police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash. Officers closed the intersection for a time 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.
California is a very dangerous state for pedestrians. More pedestrians are severely injured or killed in California than in any other state in the country. Pedestrian accidents happen every day and are on the rise. In 2018, almost 900 pedestrians were killed in vehicle accidents, which increased by 25% since 2014. Pedestrian deaths represent a quarter of all California traffic fatalities, according to California’s Office of Traffic Safety.
Because of the beauty of the state and the moderate weather, more people are outdoors, which can be one reason why California has the highest incidence of pedestrian accidents. However, drivers in California often drive recklessly and do not pay attention when they should be, which is a contributing factor as well.
Because of the frequency of pedestrian accidents, California is actively trying to combat this trend. They have enacted 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 you have lost somebody you love in a pedestrian accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Please do not hesitate to contact a Santa Ana wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
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