At about 4:45 p.m. on Friday, October 11, a truck struck and killed 46-year-old Paul Michelena in San Clemente, reported the Orange County Register. The driver of a Ford F150 failed to observe Michelena and his daughter walking on a sidewalk in front a Ralphs supermarket at South El Camino Real and Avenida Barcelona and turned into the store parking lot, hitting them. Michelena was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.
Sixteen pedestrians lost their lives or were injured in traffic accidents that occurred in San Clemente in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. The OTS ranked San Clemente 59th out of 103 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, the OTS recorded 625 pedestrian fatalities in 2011, a 3.9 percent increase from the 601 deaths in 2010.
Under California law, when a driver’s negligence causes an accident that results in death, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable. For more information on the rights of the families of the victims of fatal accidents, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Paul Michelena. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his daughter.