At about 7:40 a.m. on Monday, October 14, a truck struck and killed 6-year-old Alan Martinez and seriously injured his grandmother in Santa Ana, reported the Orange County Register. The 17-year-old male driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck struck Martinez and his grandmother as they traversed a crosswalk with his 7-year-old sister at the intersection of Central Avenue and Ramona Drive. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital, where Alan succumbed to his injuries. His grandmother received treatment for broken bones and head trauma. The driver remained at the scene. Authorities are investigating the pedestrian accident.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data indicate that traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 151 people in Santa Ana in 2010. Thirty-nine of the accidents that resulted in injury or death involved pedestrians under the age of 15. The OTS ranked Santa Ana 3rd out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving pedestrians in this age group; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that results in injury or death, the family of the victim may pursue a civil claim in order to hold the driver liable for their loss. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process after a pedestrian accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alan Martinez. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his grandmother.
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