At around 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13th, two vehicles struck and fatally injured 64-year-old pedestrian Catalina Torres Velazquez in the Mountain View community of San Diego. After exiting a bus, Velazquez attempted to cross Ocean View Boulevard and was struck by a westbound Nissan Frontier, the impact throwing her into the eastbound lane, where an Acura hit her. The drivers of both vehicles stopped. Paramedics transported her to a hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.
“Whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis. “Drivers whose negligence causes serious or fatal harm to pedestrians may face civil actions from the victims or their families.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 4,092 traffic-related pedestrian fatalities and 59,000 injuries in 2009. On average, traffic accidents claimed the life of one pedestrian every two hours and injured another every nine minutes. That year, pedestrians accounted for 12 percent of all traffic fatalities and 3 percent of injuries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Catalina Torres Velazquez, the woman the two vehicles struck and fatally injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Mountain View accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.
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