Fresno Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident Fatally Injures Woman
I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno car accident lawyer. A pedestrian accident occurred in southeast Fresno during the evening hours of Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The driver involved in the accident initially stopped but then fled the scene. He left the pedestrian alone at the scene suffering from serious injuries. Sadly, the injured pedestrian later died at a local hospital.
Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with the loved ones of the individual who passed away in this tragic pedestrian accident.
A woman was crossing the street in the intersection of Butler Avenue and Winery Avenue shortly after 6:00 pm. An oncoming vehicle was approaching the intersection and collided with the woman. The driver of the vehicle initially stopped following the collision, however, they fled the scene shortly afterward.
Was the Pedestrian Okay?
Emergency personnel rushed to the scene of the pedestrian accident. When they arrived, they conducted a medical evaluation on the woman. She appeared to have suffered major injuries and was immediately transported to a hospital. Sadly, she later succumbed to her injuries during hospitalization. Her identity has not yet been released due to pending notification of next-of-kin.
What Caused the Pedestrian Accident?
The cause of the pedestrian accident is still under investigation. Traffic Collision Reports are generally processed within one to two weeks from the date of the accident. Reports indicated that authorities later tracked down the hit-and-run driver involved in the pedestrian accident. The motorist was identified as 50-year-old Fermin Castellanos. He was been charged with vehicular manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a collision causing injury. The suspect vehicle has been taken into custody by investigators. The suspect may face more charges as the pedestrian accident investigation continues.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 129,000 pedestrians were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries and 5,376 pedestrians were fatally injured in traffic accidents in 2015 alone. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more susceptible to suffer fatal injuries in a car accident when compared to vehicle occupants. The reason being, is a pedestrian has no way of protecting themselves from an oncoming vehicle.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Both motorists and pedestrians are obligated to follow the rules of the road. Failure to do so can result in devastating, life-altering consequences.
Pedestrian accidents are commonly caused by:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way to Pedestrians in Crosswalks
Pedestrians can also be held accountable for their own negligence if they failed to follow the rules of the road contributing to the incident. This can, unfortunately, result in a reduced recovery amount and/or case dismissal. For more details, contact an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer.
Fresno Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Fresno car accident lawyer. Pedestrian accidents can often turn fatal as we learned in the above tragedy. If you or a member in your family has suffered serious injuries in an accident or has passed away, please reach out to me by calling (559) 377-7676 for free and friendly advice. I am also available to speak with you through my toll-free line at (800) 404-5400.
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