At around 5:35 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014, 17-year-old Monique Zarazua was fatally injured in a crosswalk in Huntington Beach, reported the Orange County Register. A black Cadillac heading northbound on Beach Boulevard struck Zarazua as she was walking eastbound across the street at Yorktown Avenue. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday afternoon. The 54-year-old male driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to contact HBPD Accident Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666 or Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670.
With a population of 191,440, Huntington Beach was the location of 1,510 motor vehicle collisions that resulted in injury or death in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Sixty-six of the victims were pedestrians. Compared to 54 other similarly sized cities, Huntington Beach ranked the worst for motor vehicle accidents. It ranked better for pedestrian accidents, placing 19th in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
When a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss. For more information, 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 Monique Zarazua.
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