Sarah De La Riva killed on 55 freeway in Tustin

Posted: May 24, 2022

TUSTIN, CA (May 24, 2022) – Sarah De La Riva, 33, was killed Saturday on the Costa Mesa Freeway, or 55 freeway, in Tustin according to OC Register.

The accident occurred around 1:10 a.m. on the 55 freeway near 17th Street, California Highway Patrol Officer M. Schneiderman said.

De La Riva was struck by a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old woman from Orange. It is unknown why De La Riva was walking along the freeway.

The driver of the Chevrolet stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Several lanes of the freeway were closed until after 3:00 a.m.

Liability In Tustin 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:

  • Speeding
  • 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 A Tustin Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Sarah De La Riva. 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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