BALLONA WETLANDS, CA (NOVEMBER 14TH, 2023): 28-year-old Joana Soto Diaz was killed in a pedestrian accident near the Ballona Wetlands marsh last weekend.
Reports from a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center reveal that the incident occurred on Sunday, November 12th at around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Lincoln Boulevard. Authorities report that Diaz appeared passed out in the roadway when a vehicle traveling westbound on Jefferson Boulevard approached the area she was located in.
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The vehicle then struck Diaz, leaving her in critical condition. Emergency personnel arrived shortly after the collision and discovered Diaz lying in the roadway. Despite their attempt to render first aid, Diaz was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle responsible fortunately remained at the scene and remains cooperative with authorities.
A description of the vehicle was not provided by preliminary reports.
The 28-year-old was identified this week by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
It is unclear why Diaz was lying in the roadway at the time of the incident. Los Angeles authorities continue to investigate this pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of 28-year-old Joana Soto Diaz.
Liability In Ballona Wetlands Pedestrian Accidents
Thousands of pedestrians are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could lead to a pedestrian collision including:
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian collision may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating the Death of Joana Soto Diaz
We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joana Soto Diaz. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for what happened.
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