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Buena Park: Van Struck and Critically Injured Two Teenagers

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Yesterday at around 3:45 p.m., a van struck and critically injured two teenagers in Buena Park. 53-year-old Fountain Valley resident Gilbert Armando Gonzales was traveling south on Beach Boulevard when he lost control of his 2003 Chevy Astro van, swerving onto the sidewalk near Auto Center Drive and striking two 15-year-old Buena Park High School students. One of the teens was run over, while the other remained pinned under the van for approximately half an hour; firefighters had to use rescue airbags to free him. They were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Authorities believe Gonzales may have suffered a seizure; however, they also suspect that he was driving under the influence and will arrest him when he is released from the hospital, explains an Orange County auto accident attorney.

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, released its 2009 Traffic Safety Facts. That year, the agency recorded 4,092 pedestrian fatalities and 59,000 injuries nationwide. The majority of the fatal accidents occurred at non-intersection locations (74.8%) and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (24.8%). Injury accidents occurred most frequently at intersections (49.1%) and within the same duration of time as fatal accidents (24.6%).

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the two teenagers critically injured in Buena Park yesterday a full recovery.

The Orange County Register originally reported this pedestrian accident.

Additional information, including links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles on pedestrian rights, is available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these resources, or to speak with an Orange County auto accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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