At about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, a vehicle struck and injured two trick-or-treaters in a crosswalk in Santa Rosa. The 10-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were traversing a crosswalk on North Dutton Avenue at West Eighth Street when the vehicle hit them. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital. Police are investigating the accident.
“If a driver’s negligence causes an accident that injures pedestrians, the driver may be held liable for expenses associated with their recoveries,” explained California pedestrian rights lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Santa Rosa accounted for 1 of the 7 fatalities and 49 of the 124 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Sonoma County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 5 of the pedestrians killed or injured in accidents in the city were under the age of 15.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two trick-or-treaters who were struck and injured.
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