Countless pedestrians take to the streets every day. Whether taking care of errands or walking to work and school, residents of California sometimes walk by choice and sometimes by necessity. The biggest danger that pedestrians may encounter is a distracted driver operating a vehicle as there is little protecting the pedestrian should the two come into contact. Even a pedestrian who is hit in a crosswalk stands a good chance that he or she will sustain serious injuries.
A teenage girl was recently walking to school with her younger brother, according to reports. The two were apparently in a marked crosswalk when the sister was hit by a car. She was unfortunately declared deceased at the scene. Authorities reported that neither her younger brother nor the driver of the car were injured.
Police did not indicate if they suspected drugs or alcohol as being contributing factors to the accident. As of the last report, they had not filed any charges against the driver. The investigation was listed as ongoing, however.
Especially if California authorities determine that the driver's actions were negligent in some manner, causing the girl to be hit in a crosswalk, the surviving family members may also choose to file a civil suit. Obviously no amount of financial compensation will ever make up for the loss, but the law provides a possible avenue for pursuing relief in the event that this kind of tragedy occurs. A family who experiences such an event could face countless expenses such as medical bills and funeral costs.
Source: turnto23.com, 16-year-old Raven Crystal Knight struck by car, killed walking to school in Mojave, Anne Stegen, Nov. 18, 2013