James E. Ballidis
Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 3rd, four people were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in Santa Ana. While crossing Civic Center Drive near Spurgeon Street, two women and two children, ages 1 and 3 years, were struck by a Volvo sedan. The 3-year-old was pinned under the right front tire of the vehicle until the driver moved it off of her. A 5-year-old child who had been walking with the group was not struck. The pedestrians were taken to a local hospital for treatment, as was the driver, who reportedly suffered from a medical condition. Police believe the accident was caught on surveillance video and are investigating, explains an Orange County injury lawyer.
Santa Ana accounted for 7 of the 41 fatalities and 160 of the 914 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of counties with similar populations, ranking those with the poorest records the highest, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Orange County ranked 13th out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the four pedestrians who were seriously injured in Santa Ana yesterday a full recovery.
The Orange County Register originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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