At around 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th, a van fatally struck a wheelchair user in San Diego. The van was stopped at a red light on West Point Loma Boulevard when the wheelchair user, a resident of a nearby convalescent home, entered the crosswalk, at which point the van turned right, hitting the pedestrian. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van and his passenger were not injured in the accident.
In 2009, motor vehicle traffic accidents claimed the lives of 4,092 pedestrians and injured another 59,000. Most accidents can be attributed to either driver error or unsafe conditions for the pedestrian, such as a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian islands, and lighting. Moreover, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities tend to be the most susceptible to pedestrian accidents. Recently, a report by the safety coalition Transportation for America found that the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area had the 5th highest percentage of traffic deaths that were pedestrians.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the wheelchair user who was fatally struck by the van last Saturday night.
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