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Tustin: Car Fatally Struck Pedestrian Berna Martinez


Posted on Mar 22, 2011

At around 11:45 a.m. yesterday, a car fatally struck 74-year-old Berna Martinez while she was crossing Red Hill Avenue in Tustin. The driver of the car, a Mercury Sable, was exiting the I-5 freeway when she hit Martinez, dragging the pedestrian several blocks before witnesses alerted her to stop. Authorities pronounced Martinez dead at the scene. While investigators have indicated that the accident initially occurred at a lighted, controlled crosswalk, they have not determined if Martinez was in the crosswalk when she was struck or which party had the right of way, explains an Orange County injury attorney


In 2009, the most recent year for which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, has released accident statistics, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 4,092 pedestrians and left another 59,000 injured. On average, one pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes. According to NHTSA, 72% of the fatalities were suffered in an urban setting, 76% occurred at non-intersections, and almost 90% happened during normal weather conditions.


The Orange County Register originally reported this pedestrian accident.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Berna Martinez, the pedestrian who was fatally struck in Tustin yesterday. 


Resources for the victims of pedestrian accidents and their families, including links to pedestrian advocacy groups and books and articles on the injury and wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with an Orange County injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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