At around 8:40 p.m. on Friday, May 13, a vehicle fatally struck pedestrian Rebecca Vegas at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and J Street in Lompoc. The driver, 18-year-old Lacey Strange, remained at the scene until officers arrived. Neither alcohol nor drugs contributed to the accident; however LompocRecord.com reported that authorities are investigating the possibility that Strange was distracted by a cell phone when she hit Vegas. The California Highway Patrol will be assisting with the investigation because Strange is the daughter of a Lompoc policeman, explains a California personal injury attorney.
Lompoc accounted for 13 of the 186 fatal and injury pedestrian accidents that occurred in Santa Barbara County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most recent accident statistics. Nationwide, the number of pedestrians killed in collisions decreased by 7 percent, from 4,414 in 2008 to 4,092 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That year, 12 percent of traffic fatalities were attributed to pedestrians.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rebecca Vegas, the pedestrian who was fatally struck in Lompoc last Friday.
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