At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, a vehicle struck and killed an elderly woman in South El Monte. While making a left turn at the intersection of Klingerman Street and Santa Anita Avenue, a motorist struck the 86-year-old pedestrian as she traversed a crosswalk. Emergency responders transported the woman to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. The accident is under investigation.
“When a motorist’s negligence causes an accident that claims the life of a pedestrian, the family of the victim may hold the motorist liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Forty pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in El Monte in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians aged 65 and over were involved in 5 of the accidents resulting in injury or death. El Monte ranked 5th out of 53 similarly sized cities for pedestrian safety among the elderly; 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 elderly woman who was struck and killed.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this South El Monte accident.
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