Shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, a driver struck and killed 30-year-old pedestrian Carl Evans, of Crestline, in San Bernardino. While traveling on Highway 18, 45-year-old Margaret Stegenga’s vehicle drifted out of traffic lanes and collided with Evans near the Waterman Canyon exit. Evans, who had been walking along the side of the highway at the time, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe Stegenga may have been under the influence of alcohol and are investigating the accident.
“After an accident resulting in the death of a pedestrian, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party civilly liable by pursuing a wrongful death claim,” according to California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of San Bernardino accounted for 3 of the 33 fatalities and 65 of the 409 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranks cities with similarly sized populations based on a comparison of their incidences of fatal and injury accidents.
That year, San Bernardino ranked 19th out of 53 cities for pedestrian safety; 1st place is the worst possible placement.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Carl Evans, the man who was struck and killed on Sunday morning.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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