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Anaheim: Toddler Killed, Mother Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident Involving Stolen Vehicle

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At about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8th, a toddler was killed and her mother critically injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a stolen vehicle in Anaheim. The crash occurred in a crosswalk on Gilbert Street at Guinida Lane when a 1995 Nissan Maxima struck a 26-year-old woman who was pushing her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller. Paramedics transported the mother and child to a local hospital, where the child died and the mother remains in critical condition. The driver fled the scene, leaving the vehicle, which had been reported stolen minutes before the accident, in a nearby residential area. The California Highway Patrol has requested that anyone with information about this crash or the whereabouts of the driver call 949-559-7888, explains an Orange County injury attorney.

Residents of the neighborhood where the accident occurred conveyed that they had been urging the city for years to install a light at the crosswalk, both due to a high incidence of accidents and its location near an elementary and high school.

Anaheim accounted for 8 of the 41 fatalities and 110 of the 914 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, pedestrian fatalities increased by 15.4 percent, from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the mother who was struck and critically injured last night and her family for the loss of their child. We would also like to wish her a full recovery from her injuries.

The Orange County Register originally reported this hit-and-run accident involving the stolen vehicle.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on pedestrian rights and the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

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

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