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Fremont: Elderly Man Drove onto Sidewalk, Killed Pedestrian

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On the morning of Wednesday, August 24th, an elderly man drove onto a Fremont sidewalk and killed a pedestrian. At about 9:30 a.m., a 47-year-old San Ramon man and a 37-year-old woman, also from San Ramon, were involved in a minor collision on Interstate 680 and exited on Washington Boulevard to exchange insurance information. As they did so, an 83-year-old man drove onto the sidewalk, striking the San Ramon man and dragging him down an embankment until the vehicle slammed into a chain-link fence and a tree. Authorities found the pedestrian pinned under the vehicle and the elderly man unconscious when they arrived. Both were transported to a local hospital, where the victim was pronounced dead and the driver treated for an undisclosed medical condition. The accident is under investigation, explains a California personal injury lawyer.

Fremont accounted for 1 of the 10 traffic-related fatalities and 40 of the 581 injuries suffered by pedestrians in Alameda County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Throughout the state, the number of pedestrian fatalities fell by 9.2 percent from 620 in 2008 to 563 in 2009-the lowest level recorded since 1975.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the pedestrian who was struck and killed by the elderly driver in Fremont yesterday.

Additional information, including links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, is available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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