ANAHEIM, CA (AUGUST 19, 2023): 36-year-old motorcyclist Clinton Agapinan was killed in a collision following a pursuit by Anaheim police late Thursday evening, according to Anaheim authorities.
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Authorities initially spotted Agapinan at around 11:15 p.m., but did not decide to pursue until they discovered Agapinan had crashed while speeding near Katella Avenue and Stadium Crossing. Authorities began medical aid on the motorist following the collision, and subsequently discovered a weapon. The man then allegedly became aggressive and combative and was placed in handcuffs.
While in handcuffs, Agapinan began suffering medical distress, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Jon McClintock. Police again administered first aid to Agapinan before paramedics arrived on scene to transport the man to an area hospital. The 36-year-old later died at the hospital.
It is unclear when and exactly how Agapinan died. Investigators from both the Anaheim Police Department Traffic Detail and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office responded to investigate the collision, assisted by Anaheim Police Department’s Homicide detectives.
Liability In The Death of Clinton Agapinan
Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
- Dangerous turns
- Poorly designed roadways
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.
If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating The Death of Clinton Agapinan
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Clinton Agapinan. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted to resolve this incident.
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