San Mateo authorities have indentified a 52-year-old man killed in a pedestrian accident as Gus Roubos. According to this news report in the San Mateo County Times, the San Mateo County Coroner is trying to determine whether Roubos died from pre-existing health conditions or as a result of injuries he suffered in the January 9, 2009 pedestrian accident after a suspected drunk driver hit him.
Officials say Roubos was released from the San Mateo Medical Center barely three minutes before the fatal crash. Eyewitnesses say that Roubos was crossing the street and walking in a crosswalk when the driver recklessly hit him. That driver, 57-year-old Louis James Henry of Pacifica, has been arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and driving under the influence.
My heart goes out to the family of Gus Roubos for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest condolences to them. Here’s a man who was just released from a hospital and he gets hit in a marked crosswalk by a driver, who according to this report, was negligent and possibly drunk
Based on this newspaper report and what eyewitnesses are saying, it appears to me that Louis James Henry was driving recklessly and erratically at the time of the accident. Officials have arrested him on suspicion of DUI. I sincerely hope the driver, Henry, is held both criminally and civilly responsible for this fatal pedestrian accident and injuries caused to Roubos. He will most likely face criminal vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI charges.
I’d urge Gus Roubos’ family to consult with an experienced California pedestrian accident attorney who will help protect their rights and secure the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. A skilled personal injury lawyer will also look into other factors that may have caused the accident such as a dangerous roadway or intersection. If that turns out to be an issue, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that in the state of California, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within six months of the accident. Where there is negligence or wrongdoing involved, families of deceased victims are also entitled to file wrongful death claims that compensate families for medical/funeral expenses, pain, suffering, loss of wages and companionship