Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Caused by Allegedly Drunken Driver Kills 5-Year-Old Pedestrian, Injures Her Mom and Sister

December 31, 1969

A catastrophic Santa Ana traffic crash on Saturday morning has claimed the life of Osmara Meza , 5, while injuring her mother, Eloisa Madrigal, 45, and sister Gresia Meza, 6. The three of them were walking through a crosswalk when the car of a driver who ran a red light hit them. The motorist, identified as Lake Hughes resident Jessica Louise Cowan, then fled the scene.

Osmara was pronounced dead at the Orange County, California car accident site. Her mother and sister were taken to a Santa Ana hospital for treatment of their traumatic brain injuries. Gresia is reportedly expected to recover while Eloisa remains in critical condition.

Cowan, 33, is accused of hitting the pedestrians with her car at a speed of 60 mph, causing them to be dragged or knocked 70 feet. After she drove off, another motorist followed her a few blocks and cornered her car while police arrived.

Cowan was arrested and on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, manslaughter, and felony DUI. According to local authorities, she did not pass a field sobriety test and was drunk on alcohol and high on pot.

She now is charged with murder, driving with a BAC of more than .08% causing bodily injury, DUI causing bodily injury, and hit-and-run causing injury. Sentencing enhancements for having a BAC greater than .2% and causing bodily injury could also be filed against her.

The Santa Police Foundation has established a donation fund for Osmera's family to help them with burial costs and medical expenses.

Orange County, California Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians have no protection from the impact of getting hit by a car. Many Orange County, California pedestrian accident victims end up suffering serious injuries as a result. Our Santa Ana personal injury law firm represents victims and their families involved in this type of traffic crash.

"Unfortunately, driver negligence leads to many pedestrian deaths each year, " said Anaheim pedestrian accident lawyer Vincent Howard. Drunk driving, red light running, speeding, texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, driver inattention, driver inexperience, or failing to stop in time and rear-ending a vehicle stopped in front of a pedestrian lane are some of the common causes of this type of collision.

Filing your Santa Ana injury claim or wrongful death case is unrelated to any criminal case that might be brought by prosecutors. This means that whether/not charges are brought against the responsible party, you still may be able to pursue civil damages

Driver faces murder charge in death of girl, 5, hit by car, The OC Register, June 26, 2012


Osmara Meza, OC Homicide No. 20: Jessicah Louise Cowan Faces Murder Rap for 5 y.o.'s Death by DUI Hit-and-Run, OC Weekly, June 26, 2012


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Santa Ana Car Accident Leaves 6-Year-Old Pedestrian in Critical Condition, California Injury Lawyers, June 19, 2012

Riverside County Motor Vehicle Crash: Driver Claims Mechanical Problems May Have Been a Factor in Red Light Running Collision that Injured Eight Pedestrians, California Injury Lawyers, May 31, 2012

Orange County, California Wrongful Death Claim Seeks Damages from Cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Over Fallen Tree that Struck Woman's Car, California Injury Lawyers, March 16, 2012

"It is important that you retain the services of an experienced Orange County, California car collision law firm that knows how to prove that the other party was responsible in causing the pedestrian accident and has the manpower, resources, and experience to do a good job," said Santa Ana pedestrian injury lawyer Vincent Howard.

Contact Howard Law, PC and ask to speak with Orange County, California wrongful death attorney Vincent Howard. Your initial case evaluation with us is free.