Westminster, CA (January 16, 2022) – On Sunday morning, January 15, a pedestrian was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident in Westminster.
According to reports from the Westminster Police Department, the accident occurred early in the morning, around 2:35 a.m. A pedestrian was walking in the 14300 block of Newland Street. Reports indicated that a vehicle was traveling in the area, and for reasons that are unknown at the time, the vehicle struck the pedestrian. Authorities say that the driver did not stop after hitting the pedestrian and continued to speed down the road away from the scene. The pedestrian was forcefully thrown to the ground by the impact and sustained grave injuries.
Paramedics were called and located the injured pedestrian, who was badly injured lying in the northbound lane of the roadway. Paramedics assessed the pedestrian’s injuries and provided medical care. Despite the paramedic’s efforts, the pedestrian died at the scene of the accident. The identity of the pedestrian was initially not released pending notification of their next of kin.
Police are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the accident. Police are searching for the hit-and-run driver who fled the scene.
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragedy.
People in California often enjoy being outdoors. California is a beautiful state and has beautiful year-round weather. Unfortunately, California experiences a high rate of pedestrians being hit by vehicles. Therefore, in order to decrease the risk to pedestrians, drivers need to watch for pedestrians and respect their space, yielding to them in all marked crosswalks, intersections, and other places where they encounter pedestrians. Pedestrians are completely defenseless and have no way to protect themselves from a sudden impact. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, they are very likely to suffer severe injury or death. Sadly, more pedestrian accidents occur in California than in any other state in the country.
California law provides that a driver must stop after an accident and exchange information with the other parties involved. Failing to stop after an accident is a serious offense punishable as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the situation. Police are very successful at tracking down fleeing drivers thanks to eyewitness information, traffic cameras, and other evidence, which helps them identify the driver and bring them to justice. Fleeing from an accident demonstrates a gross disregard for others.
Tragically losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to experience in life. If someone you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages, which may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. Filing a wrongful death won’t take the pain of their death away, but it can bring justice and closure to their passing and help ease the stress of any financial burdens you’ve experienced as a result of their death.
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 Westminster 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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