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.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was struck and killed.