Shortly before 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2014, a drunk driver struck and fatally injured 45-year-old Angela Clayton, of Anaheim, in Buena Park, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling eastbound near Buena Park Downtown and La Palma Avenue in an SUV, 32-year-old Paul Pike, of Orange, ran a red light and hit Clayton, who was in a crosswalk at the time. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Authorities arrested Pike on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence.
Pedestrians were, unfortunately, one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in traffic-related deaths in 2011 in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Pedestrian fatalities rose 3 percent from 4,302 in 2010 to 4,432 in 2011, while deaths suffered in motor vehicle collisions declined 1.9 percent from 32,999 in 2010 to 32,367 in 2011. Fatal traffic accidents involving alcohol decreased 2.5 percent in 2011, accounting for 31 percent of overall traffic deaths.
When a drunk driver claims a life, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Angela Clayton.
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