Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 8, Nick Pasquale, a wide receiver for UCLA, was killed in a traffic accident in San Clemente, reported the Orange County Register. A vehicle struck Pasquale, who was off for the weekend, while he was walking on Camino De Los Mares, west of Calle Nuevo. He was declared dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. The accident is under investigation.
Those who knew the preferred walk-on from San Clemente High expressed their sadness for the loss of such a talented young man. Jamie Ortiz, a football coach in the beachside city, said Pasquale was a “constant gentlemen and the type of kid you’d want your son to be one day.” Priest Willis, a UCLA defensive back, tweeted, “R.i.p Nick Pasquale died last night number 36 on our team hard working kid.”
Unlike motorists, pedestrians have nothing protecting them from the impact of a traffic accident and, therefore, are much more likely to sustain serious or fatal trauma in an accident. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the incidence of pedestrian fatalities increased 3.9 percent from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011. Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 16 pedestrians in San Clemente in 2010.
California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for the victims of traffic accidents and their families. For additional information on the civil claims process, please call 888-752-7474.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Nick Pasquale.