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.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Hedy S. Chou.