Woman in 30s Killed After Hit by Pickup Truck
YUCAIPA, California (Dec. 31, 2013) –An unidentified woman in her 30s was killed Monday night in a pedestrian accident at the intersection of 14 Street and Yucaipa Boulevard, according to a press release by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner.
About 9:20 p.m., police say the woman was struck by the driver of a pickup truck and critically injured while walking near the intersection. Paramedics responded to the pedestrian accident and transported the injured woman by ambulance to Redlands Community Hospital where she later died at 9:56 p.m., the report said.
The pedestrian accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. Witnesses are asked to contact the station to help the investigation.
“There is an accident report pending for this fatal crash and it will contain an analysis of the collision factors based on evidence collected by police. This report will establish fault,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “The report is typically available within 30 days. The report is very helpful not only to law enforcement, but also to family and loved ones. We extend our sympathy to the family of this woman as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with such a tremendous loss.”
California Pedestrian Accident
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, said Attorney West Seegmiller, a California and Las Vegas wrongful death attorney. Also, drivers are required to slow down when a pedestrian is in the roadway and be alert for any crossings.
“There are exceptions in the law, however, such as pedestrians are required to watch out for their own safety,” Seemiller said. “This means they cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle. Also, pedestrians should not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
However, if a pedestrian does step into the roadway suddenly the driver must still make every effort to safely stop or avoid hitting them whether it’s a marked or unmarked crosswalk, Seegmiller said.
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