SAN BERNARDINO, California – Carl Evans, 30, of Crestline killed early Sunday morning as he was walking on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of Highway 18 at mile marker 8.74 near Lower Waterman Canyon Road, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner report.

Evans was allegedly struck from behind by a suspected drunk driver who was also traveling northbound drifted over into the shoulder of the road. Evans died at the scene of the pedestrian accident at 3:53 a.m., the report said.

Margaret Stegenga, 45, of Crestline was driving the vehicle that struck Evans, but police did not arrest her at the accident scene as the investigation is underway.

The pedestrian accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Bernardino Police station at 909-384-5664.

“Motorists who cause injuries or death while out drinking and driving are negligent under California law and will be held liable to the victim or their family for their injuries or wrongful death,” said Attorney West Thomas, a wrongful death lawyer.
San Bernardino County Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report there were 33 pedestrians killed and 392 injured in 2010 in San Bernardino County. Additionally, there were 203 killed and 7,915 injured in all traffic accidents in the county in 2010.

In California, there were 623 pedestrians killed and 12,668 injured in 2010, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.


The Thomas Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm serves clients in Irvine, Beverly Hills, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.