James E. Ballidis
On Friday, July 22nd, 24-year-old Oriana Millan was killed in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident in Huntington Beach. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. that morning, 32-year-old Jason Roberts struck Millan and 25-year-old Harlan Coffman while they were crossing Brookhurst Street. Millan was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and Coffman sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Roberts proceeded to drive to Laguna Beach, where he called police to report that his car had become disabled due to striking an animal on Pacific Coast Highway. Upon their arrival at the market where Roberts parked the vehicle, police believed that he struck a person and arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, explains a California personal injury lawyer. Anyone who witnessed the crash has been asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-536-5666.
Huntington Beach accounted for 77 of the 1,299 fatal and injury pedestrian accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That year, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in the state decreased by 9.2 percent, from 620 in 2008 to 563 in 2009. Nationwide, pedestrian fatalities decreased by 7 percent, from 4,414 in 2008 to 4,092 in 2009.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Oriana Millan, the woman who was killed in Huntington Beach last Friday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Harlan Coffman.
The Orange County Register originally reported this hit-and-run pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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