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Santa Ana Big Rig Accident Takes Teen Bicyclist’s Life

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A Santa Ana big rig accident at the four-way stop intersection of Saint Andrew Place and Poplar Street has killed a 14-year-old boy riding his bike in the crosswalk, according to a news article in The Orange County Register.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Jose Gonzalez said Santa Ana resident Pedro Martinez, 51, was headed west on Saint Andrew Place in a big rig tractor when he hit Esteban Nunez. Nunez reportedly was riding his bicycle southbound in the northbound lane of Poplar and had entered the street intersection without stopping at the stop sign. The boy, a resident of that neighborhood, was not wearing a helmet when he was hit by the moving big rig and dragged under. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

This is such a tragic and heart wrenching accident. Please keep the boy and his family in your prayers.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that 770 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2006. The most serious injuries among the majority of those killed are to the head, highlighting the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. In Santa Ana there were four bicyclist fatalities and 107 injuries in 2006. This data comes from the California Highway Patrol.

How did a boy on his bike get killed at a four-way stop intersection by a big rig tractor? According to the news reports, young Nunez was riding his bike on the “wrong” side of the street and may have failed to stop at the stop sign.. Those factors still do not explain this big rig truck accident. There is much more we do not know from the news reports. The boy can’t tell us what happened and I wouldn’t put to much weight upon the truck driver’s statements after killing a boy.

If the big rig was stopped at the four way stop, how did this happen? The Santa Ana Police Department has some fine accident investigators, so the answers may be contained in their traffic collision report, which generally isn’t available until thirty or more after a fatal traffic accident.

The family of Esteban Nunez may want to consult with one of one of Orange County’s premier personal injury law firms to investigate this accident and explain to them their rights and options. If we were representing the family, there are a lot of questions that I would want answered before making any determination of fault. I am sure the trucking company has their investigators all over this accident site gathering everything they can to show them innocent of any wrongdoing.

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  • Anonymous

    yo yo thats my homie r.i.p BONES

  • David Menchaca

    It’s almost been two years since the accident and my life has dramatically changed; forever. It’s a struggle just getting out of bed everyday. I am afraid to deal with the accident for fear of loosing my mind, so I’ve immersed myself in work. Now that I am no longer working and the 30th creeps closer, my anxiety level is through the roof. I love you Steven!!! I miss you so much. You will not be forgotten!!! And your accident will not be in vain…I’ll make you proud and become something with myself in our favorite hobby; Art

  • David Menchaca

    It’s almost been two years since the accident and my life has dramatically changed; forever. It’s a struggle just getting out of bed everyday. I am afraid to deal with the accident for fear of loosing my mind, so I’ve immersed myself in work. Now that I am no longer working and the 30th creeps closer, my anxiety level is through the roof. I love you Steven!!! I miss you so much. You will not be forgotten!!! And your accident will not be in vain…I’ll make you proud and become something with myself in our favorite hobby; Art. Love your Dad David “Big Chacs” Menchaca

  • David Menchaca

    Did you know that the SAPD found my son 100% at fault? That’s insane!!! Who can do that?

  • michelle

    damn stevenn its been 2years and i still cant beleive your gonee i was just with youu having fun laughing andd now your not here its been hard to except the fact your gone i lost a good friend you would always tell me your problems andd we would always kick it at suppvelda i cant even go threw the school anymoree cause all the good memoryy it hurts mee that was our spot.Raising money for youu was so hard cause no matter how hard i tryed to accept the fact your gone i couldnt. everytime i pass by the cornerr i stop by. i love you steven n miss you i wish i could have just said good bye at leastt my last words to you were bye i cant wait to be with youu i love youu stevenn

  • Joseph Menchaca

    Hey Steven We Miss You I Know You Had It Bad Its Sad That You Couldnt Do The Things You Wanted To Do.Sometimes I Blame Myself For Not Telling You To Come Home On Time & It Hunteds Me & Will For The Rest Of My Life.I Miss You Cousin………I Will Never Forget You….

  • abby Galindo

    Dam 4 years have gone by already and till this day its heartbreaking to even think of the moment I was told you passed.. I really miss you steven! See you at the crossroads homie. Love u

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