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Update | Two Pedestrians Killed in Accident on Augusta Lane in Atwater

Home » Update | Two Pedestrians Killed in Accident on Augusta Lane in Atwater
November 04, 2022
Edward Smith

Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Juniper Avenue

On the morning of Wednesday, November 2, 2022, the Atwater Police Department reported a fatal pedestrian crash on Juniper Avenue and Augusta Lane. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. and involved a minivan, according to Atwater PD.

Details on the Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Juniper Avenue in Atwater

In a press release by Atwater PD, it was revealed that a minivan was traveling westbound on East Juniper Avenue when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted off the road. The minivan allegedly collided with two individuals walking in the area. Sadly, both pedestrians were declared deceased at the scene of the incident. Officials have recently identified the decedents as sisters: 76-year-old Carolyn Rose and 73-year-old Billie Edwards.

Atwater PD is investigating the fatal car vs. pedestrian accident. Officials have not yet released information on why the vehicle veered off the street and where the pedestrians were before they were struck by the vehicle. The minivan driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Additional information was not immediately available.

What is Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death occurs when an individual loses their life because of someone else’s negligence. There are a wide array of reasons that a person may suffer fatal injuries due to the negligent actions of another party or entity. However, some of the most common include motor vehicle collisions, and pedestrian accidents are no exception. If you lost a family member in a car vs. pedestrian crash, you may be entitled to financial recovery in a wrongful death claim for the non-economic and economic damages you have suffered.

Recoverable losses in a wrongful death case may include costs of funeral and burial services, loss of future earnings the deceased would have provided to the family if not for the fatal incident, mental anguish suffered by survivors, loss of companionship, lost benefits, and more. Expenses for end-of-life medical care may be recovered in a survival action. If the at-fault party does not have liability insurance or has minimal policy limits, surviving family members may have recourse through an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim.

With the assistance of an experienced Atwater wrongful death lawyer, such as ours from, it is possible to hold the other liable for the harm their actions have caused. This will provide the sense of justice and closure that your family needs during this challenging time. Let one of our compassionate and skilled attorneys listen to your story and discuss what to expect from your case moving forward in a free consultation. Before calling to arrange a free case evaluation, learn more about our services by watching the video below.

Is There a Time Limitation on Wrongful Death Cases in California?

There is a two-year deadline for most wrongful death lawsuits, per CCP 335.1. However, the time limit is not always clear, given that it may differ based on the circumstances of the case. For instance, if a public agency is listed as a defendant, the deadline is six months for filing a notice of claim. An experienced accident attorney can determine the statute of limitations applicable to your case.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Atwater

I’m Ed Smith, an Atwater personal injury lawyer. Losing a close relative is painful, and no words can explain what surviving family members may be going through during this difficult time. No matter how you lost your loved one, our legal team at can help. Call us today for free, friendly case advice from one of our skilled and compassionate wrongful death lawyers. We can help you every step of the way, from insurance negotiations to taking your case to court if necessary. This will provide your family the time needed to grieve and recover from your loss without dealing with difficult insurance companies and defense counsel. Our injury attorneys are ready to help whenever you are ready to tell us your story and work with us.

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