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Shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 47-year-old Elisa Alvarez, of Santa Monica, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Inglewood, reported the Los Angeles Times. Alvarez had just left a family birthday party and placed a child in the safety seat of a parked car when a pickup truck hit her and fled the scene. The impact threw her 30 feet into the air. Emergency responders transported her to a hospital, where she was declared dead. News coverage assisted police in identifying the driver, 38-year-old Jesus Cazares. Cazares turned himself in and was booked at city jail on felony hit-and-run charges. As the investigation continues, he may face more charges.

Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 568 people and caused injury to 71,866 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Inglewood accounted for 3 of the 198 fatalities and 5 of the 4,786 injuries pedestrians suffered in traffic accidents in the county that year. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the county, with Los Angeles ranking the 2nd worst in the state for such accidents compared to other counties.

Under California law, when a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to hold that person liable for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us online.

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At about 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 18, an SUV struck and killed 79-year-old pedestrian Hedy S. Chou in Irvine, reported the Orange County Register. The driver of a Toyota Highlander hit Chou in a private roadway in the University Town Center parking lot, near the Cornell and Harvard intersection. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver remained at the scene. Witnesses are asked to contact Irvine police detective Jonathan Cherney at 949-724-7024.

Twenty-three pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Irvine in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 4 of the injuries and deaths, with Irvine ranking 29th out of 53 cities of a similar size for pedestrian accidents involving this age group; 1st place is the worst possible ranking. Across California, 601 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents that year.

After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault party liable by filing a civil claim. To learn more about the wrongful death claims process after a pedestrian accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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Shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, a four-door sedan struck and injured a CSUF student in Fullerton, reported the Orange County Register. The female student was hit while riding a scooter in a crosswalk on Placentia Avenue near Ruby Drive. She sustained a fracture to her right leg and a concussion and was transported to an area hospital. The driver remained at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.

Throughout Fullerton, traffic accidents killed or injured 49 pedestrians and 52 bicyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Fullerton ranked 13th out of 53 cities of a similar size for pedestrian safety and 13th for bicyclist safety in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, pedestrian fatalities increased 3.9 percent and bicyclist fatalities increased 13.2 percent.

When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that injures a pedestrian or a bicyclist, the victim may hold the driver liable for recovery-related expenses, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the rights of the victims of pedestrian and bicycle accidents, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, October 11, a van struck and killed a woman crossing the street in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego, reported U-T San Diego. The 35-year-old female driver of the Toyota van failed to see the 65-year-old woman traversing the intersection of Margerum Avenue and Navajo Road with the green light and turned left, hitting her. Emergency responders pronounced her dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the pedestrian accident.

Throughout San Diego County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 992 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians aged 65 and older accounted for 93 of the traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The OTS ranked San Diego 11th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a ranking system in which 1st place is the worst.

When a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident, the negligent driver may be held liable through the civil claims process. In many cases, the family of the victim will file a wrongful death claim against the driver. For more information on pursuing a civil claim after a pedestrian accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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In the early morning hours of Friday, October 11, a vehicle struck and killed a male pedestrian in Montebello, reported the Los Angeles Times. Authorities received reports that the victim was lying in the roadway in the 2400 block of West Whittier Boulevard at 6:17 a.m. When they arrived, they found that a vehicle had struck the man and were able to contact the driver. Emergency responders transported the victim to an area hospital, where he was declared dead. Authorities are investigating the accident.

The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 23 pedestrians in Montebello in 2010. The OTS compares the accident data of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, starting with 1st place. In 2010, Montebello ranked 25th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents.

When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident in California, they have recourse through the civil justice system and may hold the party responsible for the accident liable for their loss. For more information on the civil claims process after a pedestrian accident, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office at www.allenflatt.com.

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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.

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On Saturday, September 28, 8-year-old D’Wayne Keels was fatally injured when a car struck him in Los Angeles, reported The Press-Enterprise. Keels, a student at Fruitvale Elementary School in Hemet and member of the Hemet Valley Chiefs, was visiting family in the area and was walking away from an ice cream truck when the accident occurred. Emergency responders transported him to UCLA Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, October 1. Authorities are investigating the accident.

The Hemet Valley Chiefs will hold a memorial for Keels before their game at West Valley High School on Saturday, October 5. The team is also raising money for the Keels family by selling baked goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays before practice at the high school and during home games on October 5, 12, 13, 26, and November 2.

Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,962 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians under the age of 15 accounted for 804 of the injuries and fatalities that resulted from these accidents. The OTS compares the accident data of California’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest ranking, starting with 1st place. That year, Los Angeles ranked 2nd for pedestrian accidents.

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Three women were seriously injured this week in hit-and-run accidents in Glendale, reported the Los Angeles Times. The first accident occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 2 when a white utility van struck a 75-year-old woman as she exited a parked vehicle in the 1100 block of Western Avenue. She suffered major trauma and was in critical condition. Then, on the night of Thursday, October 3, the driver of a four-door white or gray compact car ran a red light at the intersection of West California Avenue and Central Avenue and struck two women in a crosswalk. The 73-year-old woman remained in grave condition on Friday, and the 59-year-old woman was receiving treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating the accidents.

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 100 pedestrians in Glendale in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Twenty-four of the pedestrians who suffered serous or fatal trauma in accidents were aged 65 or older, with the OTS ranking Glendale 1st out of 53 cities for its incidence of such accidents involving this age group in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst. Hit-and-run was a factor in 40 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year.

Apprehending the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident can prove crucial to the victims’ ability to seek compensation through the civil claims process for recovery-related expenses, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about the civil claims process after an accident, please call 866-981-5596.

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At about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 22nd, 7-year-old Mia Chapman, of Gardena, was struck by a vehicle and killed at a car show in Santa Fe Springs, reported the Los Angeles Times. While exiting the car show, which was located at 10230 Freeman Avenue, one of the drivers lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a stack of pallets holding water bottles, the impact causing them to fall on and fatally injure Chapman. She died instantly from the trauma she suffered. Authorities are investigating the accident, as well as whether or not permits had been obtained for the event.

Santa Fe Springs accounted for 3 of the 568 fatalities and 451 of the 71,866 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Pedestrians under the age of 15 accounted for 804 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in Los Angeles County that year.

Under California law, those who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss.

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On the night of Friday, September 13, 16-year-old Nathaniel Mota was killed in a hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles, reported the Los Angeles Times. An usher and active member of the Iglesia Catolica Santa Cecilia church on South Normandie Avenue near West 42nd Street, Mota was leaving a youth group meeting when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are searching for the driver of a white Nissan Maxima.

In Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or injured 4,962 pedestrians, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in the county. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 2nd out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.

California law provides recourse for accident victims and their families through the civil justice system. For more information on the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.

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