INDIO, California (June 5, 2013) — A 67-year-old Indio man riding in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed in front of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.
About 5:51 p.m., the man was riding his wheelchair in front of 81-800 Doctor Carreon Boulevard when the driver of a large sport utility vehicle struck him. Paramedics rushed to the scene of the pedestrian accident and took the injured man to the hospital where he died about 6:30 p.m., the report said.
The Indio Police Department is investigating the fatal wheelchair accident to determine liability for the man’s death.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the accident are asked to contact Indio Police at 760-391-4057.
Pedestrian Accidents California Law
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 Thomas, 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, Thomas said.
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If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident in Riverside County, The Thomas Law Firm may be able to help you. Our veteran attorneys specialize in wrongful death actions on behalf of relatives who have lost a loved one in an accident due to someone else’s negligence.
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Sources: http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130604-indio-man-in-wheelchair-killed-by-motorist.ece, http://www.riversidesheriff.org/coroner/press/
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