A 58-year-old California woman died when she was struck by a car following a minor traffic accident in Petaluma on July 28. The crash occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m., according to authorities.
Police say the victim, a Petaluma resident, was riding in a Mazda MX-5 with her 76-year-old husband when the vehicle collided with a Ford Explorer on Sonoma Mountain Parkway near Rainier Circle. The crash was minor, and both drivers and a witness driving a Nissan Maxima pulled off on the right side of the road to exchange information. After all parties exited their vehicles, a Toyota Camry driven by an 86-year-old man plowed into the rear of the Maxima, causing it to smash into the Mazda, the Maxima driver and the victim.
The victim, who was standing on a sidewalk beside the Mazda at the time of the accident, was thrown 10 feet and struck her head on the pavement. She was transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. No information was released about the condition of the Maxima driver. The Mazda and Ford drivers were not injured in the incident. Police say the Toyota driver was not speeding and alcohol was not thought to be a contributing factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
Unfortunately, pedestrians who are stuck by motor vehicles often die from their injuries. Families who have lost a loved one to a pedestrian knockdown may benefit by speaking to an attorney about their legal options. It may be advisable to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver seeking compensation for damages, including medical expenses before death, funeral and burial costs and other applicable amounts.