Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, a truck struck and killed a 64-year-old female pedestrian in Oxnard. While traveling southbound on C Street, 43-year-old Albert Gastelum Rubio hit the woman at the intersection with Linden Drive. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she was declared dead. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that witnesses, or anyone with information, contact Senior Officer Maria Pena at 805-385-7750.
“Pedestrians have rights, whether they are walking inside or outside of a crosswalk,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event a family loses a loved one to a pedestrian accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.”
Sixty-nine pedestrians were killed or injured in accidents that occurred in Oxnard in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Oxnard 17th out of 53 cities with populations ranging in size from 100,001 to 250,000 residents for pedestrian safety; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female pedestrian who was struck and killed.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on pedestrian rights and on the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.