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Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Sacramento

Pedestrian Struck by Hit and Run Driver

A suspected hit and run vehicle that was involved in a January 3 fatal pedestrian accident is being sought by the Sacramento Police Department. The accident occurred at the intersection of Rio Linda Boulevard and Acacia Avenue in Sacramento near South Hagginwood. The pedestrian was found lying in the road by officers who responded to the crash at about 6:30 in the evening after a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. The pedestrian suffered major injuries in the accident and was transported to a local hospital by Sacramento Fire medics. The 53-year-old Sacramento man died of his injuries at the hospital the following day, according to a news release. He has since been identified by the coroner’s office as Anthony Moreno.

Hit and Run Vehicle

According to police, the hit and run vehicle was described as an older model dark sedan. Witnesses said the vehicle was heading south on Rio Linda Boulevard when it fled the scene. Investigators are asking that anyone who saw the accident contact them with information by calling the Sacramento police dispatch at 916-264-5471 or Crime Stoppers in the Sacramento Valley at (916) 443-HELP (4357). 

Losing a Family Member in a Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Losing a loved one in an unexpected fatal pedestrian accident can be overwhelming for the surviving family members. A sudden death causes not only feelings of grief but also shock and disbelief. Family members are facing a future for which they are unprepared. There are things a person can do to help themselves move through this difficult period:

  • Understand that grief and loss extend past the initial period. Give yourself time to grieve, which is different for everyone. Don’t feel pressured to do new things. That will happen in time.
  • Build a strong support network for yourself, one that you feel comfortable with. Understand that no one should grieve alone. Seek the presence of friends and family who understand the loss you feel. For some people, visiting a support group may help. Do what is right for you. 
  • After a pedestrian fatality or other unexpected death, survivors want answers as to how the accident happened. This helps you understand why your loved one was torn from you. In many cases, the person’s demise is due to another’s negligence. An experienced wrongful death attorney may be able to help you find the information you need before you can move on. 
  • After the initial shock, many survivors face daunting financial problems. This is especially true if the decedent contributed a large portion of the family income. Your attorney can help determine if a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against a negligent person or entity. If so, this can help the family with end-of-life expenses such as funeral costs. If the decedent lived for a short time after the accident, it is possible to file a survivor’s action claim. This will cover hospital and medical costs associated with the fatal pedestrian accident.

How an Attorney Can Help

At our firm, we understand the mix of grief and fear a family faces, and we do everything in our power to help. We dispatch our investigators to the crash site to search for clues using accident reconstruction techniques. Our investigative team questions witnesses who saw the fatal pedestrian accident and canvass the neighborhood for information about the fleeing driver. We also obtain video footage from traffic surveillance cameras. If the driver cannot be found, we work with the family to use the deceased’s or a family member’s uninsured motorist insurance to help pay for your financial loss. 

Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death attorney. If a loved one has died due to someone’s negligence, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. You can also reach out to me online.

I’ve helped numerous clients in Sacramento since 1982 obtain the compensation they deserve in all types of car accidents, wrongful deaths, and other traumatic injuries.

I am a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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