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Injured Man Sues After Huntington Beach Ambulance Accident


Posted on Mar 01, 2011

A Huntington Beach man has sued for more than $10,000 in damages after a Huntington Beach car accident caused by a distracted ambulance driver.
 
The Orange County car wreck occurred at about 10:45 a.m. on January 27, 2011 at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Atlanta Avenue.  An ambulance ,which not using a siren or lights, sped through a red light and crashed into the side of a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta.   The ambulance then hit a second vehicle.
 
In California, ambulance drivers responding to an emergency call may go through a red light only if both the red lights on the emergency vehicle and the siren are activated.  
 
The ambulance was responding to a non-emergency call.  The driver of the ambulance said he did not see the traffic signal at the intersection because he was reading information about the call.
 
The driver of the Jetta, 29-year-old Adam Tomalas sustained soft-tissue injuries.  Tomalas filed the lawsuit against the City of Huntington Beach on February 17.

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