In less than 36 hours, two Orange County, California pedestrian accidents have resulted in injuries and one death. The first pedestrian accident occurred in Anaheim yesterday when Brigida De Garcia, 65, was crossing Katella close to the corner of Jean Street right before 5:30am. Garcia was headed to a bus stop when she was struck by a Silver Acura. She died from her injuries.
The driver that struck De Garcia during the Anaheim pedestrian accident remained at the crash site. The California Highway Patrol says that the motorist does not appear to have been speeding and De Garcia appeared to have crossed the street at an appropriate spot. There is no marked crosswalk at the Jean and Katella intersection.
In another Orange County, California pedestrian accident, this one occurring this morning in Santa Ana, a grandmother who was in the crosswalk at Vanderlip and Holt Avenues with her two grandchildren, a 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, was hit by a car. The Nissan Sentra that hit her may have been speeding and could have stepped on the breaks too late to avoid hitting the woman, who placed herself in front of her grandkids to protect them from the impact of colliding with the car.
The woman struck the hood of the car before landing on the ground. She was transported to Western Medical Center for treatment of scrapes, bruises, and a possible broken limb from the Santa Ana pedestrian accident. Her granddaughter was also struck by the car. Fortunately, police say she was not seriously hurt.
Steps that Motorists Can Take to Avoid Hitting Pedestrians:
• Any time you are approaching a crosswalk, slow down and be ready to stop.
• Allow pedestrians the right of way even if they are in an unmarked crosswalk.
• Make sure that you also for allow enough room when you stop so that other drivers can see the pedestrian.
• Be on the lookout for pedestrians in school areas, neighborhoods, near a shopping mall, or any other place where there might be people walking around.
• Keep an eye out for pedestrians at night and when the weather conditions are poor.
• Remember that a pedestrian may decide to cross the street in places where you least expect, so it is always a good idea to pay attention when driving.
• Don't engage in any distracted driving behavior, such as texting, talking on a cell phone, reading a book, or polishing your nails.
Remember that elderly people, young kids, and adults with young children may not be able to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle as quickly as adults that are walking by themselves.
If you or your child was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to California personal injury compensation.
Grandmother hurt while shielding kids from speeding car, OC Register, May 21, 2009
Pedestrian killed near home is identified, OC Register, May 20, 2009
Pedestrian Safety Tips, HSRC
Related Web Resources:
Pedestrian Safety Program, NHTSA
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