When people use the crosswalk to get from one side of the road to the other, they usually have a reasonable expectation that they will be safe while doing so. It is not unrealistic to expect that oncoming cars will yield the right of way to the person traveling on foot. For a 73-year-old California woman who died recently in a fatal pedestrian accident, that expectation did not reflect the reality of her situation.
The woman was within the crosswalk's boundaries at about 6 a.m. when she was struck by a car. The woman suffered substantial injuries as a result of the collision. She died while still at the accident location.
Law enforcement personnel say the accident was horrific. They say it was difficult to witness the aftermath of the collision. Even those individuals who make their living responding to emergency situations, and should therefore be more accustomed to difficult situations, found the incident disturbing, according to reports.
Police closed the road so they could complete their investigation. They say the driver of the car believed to be responsible had failed to see the victim prior to the collision. They also said the driver was cooperating fully with their efforts. The driver was not expected to face any criminal charges.
The family of the woman who died in this terrible pedestrian accident must now deal with the multiple details and duties that accompany the death of a loved one. They retain the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a California courtroom against the driver of the car that was allegedly responsible. Any resulting compensation from a successfully litigated claim could be used to take care of any end-of-life issues they may be encountering.
Source: KGO-TV San Francisco, Pedestrian killed in accident in Fremont, Matt Keller, March 3, 2014