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California pedestrian killed in hit-and-run accident

An 85-year old pedestrian was killed due to a hit-and run accident that occurred on August 27th in Santa Ana, California. The accident occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m. Though the victim possibly was jaywalking when the incident occurred the driver of the SUV that struck the man nevertheless drove off without providing any assistance.

The victim apparently landed on the hood of the SUV after being struck. He apparently was carried on the hood for another 30 yards before falling off. The driver was eventually arrested and booked for felony hit-and-run. Police also planned on testing him to see if he had been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What's tragic about the conduct of the driver is the possibility he would have faced no charges if he had remained at the scene of the car accident and rendered aid. As in so many hit-and-run accidents, the driver seemed to be more concerned with staying out of trouble than in assisting the victim.

Pedestrians sometimes cross roads at the wrong location or attempt to hurry across the street. Still, car drivers need to watch out for the presence of pedestrians. Pedestrians can include children or elderly people. Any pedestrian struck by a car at almost any speed will likely be badly injured or killed.

There have reportedly been nine fatal pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana in 2013. There were seven fatal pedestrian accidents reported there in 2012. Personal injury attorneys often represent victims in these crashes because drivers fail to yield the right-of-way to them, speed through neighborhoods where pedestrians are present, and often seem inattentive to their presence.

Source: ABC 7, "Santa Ana hit-and-run: 85-year old pedestrian killed, suspect arrested," Q McCray, Aug. 27, 2013

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