NEWPORT BEACH, California (Feb. 4, 2013) – A 51-year-old man was critically injured after he was struck by the driver of a black 2003 Ford Crown Victoria Taxi Cab as he attempted to cross East Coast Highway, according to a press release issued by the Newport Beach Police Department.
The pedestrian, who was hit by the taxi about 7 p.m., was taken by ambulance to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he was listed in critical condition.
The 54-year-old driver of the taxi remained at the scene of the pedestrian accident and spoke with police who did not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the collision.
Witnesses are asked to call the traffic Investigator Scott Grecco at (949) 644-3747 or email at .
Newport Beach 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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