Madera, CA (September 19, 2023) A boy was hit by a car on Tuesday morning while he was crossing the street in a crosswalk in front of a school. The California Highway Patrol said it happened around 7:20 a.m.
It began on Tuesday morning in front of Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy on Ellis Street, west of Owens Street. According to police officers, an 8-year-old boy and a sibling were in a crosswalk with other students and a crossing guard at the time of the accident. Witnesses said the crossing guard was wearing an orange, reflective vest and holding up a stop sign. They said he was even waving his arms in an attempt to stop the driver.
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A 2012 Honda Civic, driven by a 25-year-old man, did not see the crossing guard or the children in the crosswalk. He hit the boy, sending him off the roadway and into a gravel area on the side of the road. Emergency crews were called and the boy was transported via ambulance to Valley Children’s Hospital with major injuries.
The California Highway Patrol doesn’t think drugs or alcohol were a factor in this accident. It is still under investigation, though.
Liability In Madera 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:
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 factors of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Pedestrian Accident In Madera
We at Accident News Now extend well wishes to the boy injured in this collision. 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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