Shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, a vehicle struck two pedestrians in Banning, the impact injuring one and killing the other, who has been identified as 81-year-old Roy Azarnoff. The accident occurred near the intersection of W. Wilson Street and Kingswell Avenue. Azarnoff was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other pedestrian was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for minor trauma. Police are investigating the accident.
“Whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis,” and may seek compensation from a negligent driver if injured in a collision. If the pedestrian does not survive the accident, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver for their loss.”
Throughout Banning, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 3 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Although young and elderly pedestrians generally are involved in high incidences of fatal and injury accidents, none of those who were killed or injured in Banning that year were under 15 or over 65. Banning ranked 78th out of 93 cities for pedestrian safety in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Roy Azarnoff, the pedestrian who was killed in the accident last Saturday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the pedestrian who was injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Banning accident.
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