Fatal Pedestrian accidents rise in October — file photo

Eight Pedestrians Killed in October on Orange County Streets

ORANGE, California (Oct. 16, 2013) – The latest in a string of fatal pedestrian accidents in Orange County took place Tuesday morning when a 37-year-old male pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver who struck him in front of South Coast Dental Group at 980 N. Tustin Street at Collins Avenue,  according press releases issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner.

This man’s death, which was reported about 6:17 a.m., becomes the eighth pedestrian killed so far this month in Orange County traffic accidents

“Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable on our roadways,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Drivers are more distracted than ever these days with cell phones and busy lifestyles so they must be especially aware of those around them. “

The Orange Police Department is investigating the latest tragedy, Witnesses are asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.

This month, however, our roadways have been especially deadly for people on foot. In a typical year, there are roughly 30 pedestrian accidents in Orange County so having eight in two weeks seems to be unusual, Thomas added. The victims range from 6 to 58 years old and all were in different cities.

October 16 – Man, 37, on Tustin Street in Orange

October 14  (died Oct. 17) Carmen Teresa Silva, 51, the grandmother of Alan Martinez, Santa Ana crash

October 14 –Alan Martinez, 6, was killed by pickup truck driver on Ramona Drive in Santa Ana

October 11 – Reina Solorio, 58, killed by an SUV in Fountain Valley

October 11 – Paul Michelena, 46, struck on sidewalk in front of Ralph’s store in San Clemente

October 11 (died Oct. 15)  –Petra Perez Jimenez, 68, struck at Grant Street and Standard Avenue in Santa Ana

October 5 – Katherine Tinnell, 24, hit by car on Orangethorpe Avenue in Buena Park

October 3 – John Anderson, 58, struck by car and killed on Ball Road in Anaheim

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report there were 640 people killed in pedestrian accidents with motorists in California in 2010. Los Angeles topped the list with 195 deaths and 4,535 injured in pedestrian accidents.  San Diego also reported a high number of pedestrian deaths at 55 with 888 injured.  In Orange County, there were a large number of pedestrians injured or 770 people and 32 deaths.

Also, men and boys are twice as likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident with a motorist, than women and girls, the CHP report said.  Indeed, in 2010, there were 409 men including 19 boys 14 years and under compared to 214 women including 11 ages 14 and under who were killed in pedestrian traffic accidents in California.

“Our lives are in the hands of other drivers every day we travel on or walk near our busy Southern Californian roadways,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Indeed, while we cannot control how others drive, as an attorney for more than three decades, I can do everything I can to help my injured clients find justice and compensation for their losses.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys at 1-877-557-4239. We will do everything we can to help you.

— The Thomas Law Firm