Lancaster: Drunk Driver Killed Pedestrian in Hit-and-Run Accident
Posted on May 02, 2011
Last Friday night, a drunk driver killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in Lancaster. When 25-year-old Isidro Peralta stopped at a checkpoint at about 11:30 p.m., police noticed that the window of his vehicle was shattered and the front end covered in blood splatter. They found the body of the 50-year-old man he hit at the intersection of 10th Street and Avenue J-8. Police arrested Peralta on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and felony driving under the influence, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
In 2009, a total of 61 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Lancaster, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. That year, pedestrian fatalities decreased by 9.2 percent from 620 in 2008 to 563 in 2009, the lowest tally recorded since 1975.
Whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have the right of way in most cases. If a driver strikes a pedestrian, the driver may be held liable for expenses related to the pedestrian’s injuries. In the unfortunate event that the pedestrian does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the pedestrian who was killed by the drunk driver last Friday night.
KTLA.com originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
Resources for the victims of pedestrian accidents and their families, including links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.
To request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.