At about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22nd, a vehicle struck and killed 101-year-old pedestrian Otto Jensen in Burbank. The accident occurred at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Griffith Park Drive. He was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Authorities identified the driver as 91-year-old Mary Beaumont and are investigating the collision. They have requested that witnesses, or anyone with information, contact Detective Sam Anderson at (818) 238-3100.
“Pedestrians have rights whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event of an accident, the injured party or the family of the decedent may seek compensation from the at-fault driver for expenses associated with the recovery or loss.”
The most current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicates that traffic accidents claimed the lives of 4,092 pedestrians and injured another 59,000 in 2009. Adults aged 65 years and older accounted for 19 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 8 percent of all injuries, with the highest pedestrian fatality rate (1.96 per 100,000 population) attributable to this age group.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Otto Jensen, the pedestrian who was struck and killed by the vehicle.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this fatal Burbank collision.
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