Meiyun Kang, 82, was killed in a San Bernardino pedestrian accident the morning of June 16, 2009, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports. The Chino pedestrian accident occurred when 76-year-old Mary Lemos, who was driving a 2003 Honda Accord west on Riverside Drive near Cypress Avenue, struck Kang. Chino police officials said Kang attempted to cross Riverside from the south side and was hit by Lemos. A witness apparently told police that Kang crossed the street outside of the crosswalk area. Kang was pronounced dead at the scene. Lemos was uninjured. If you have more information about this fatal San Bernardino County pedestrian accident, please call Chino police at 909-590-5571.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Meiyun Kang. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Kang. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, there were three fatalities and 11 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Chino. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 50 fatalities and 432 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents.
Based on this newspaper report and preliminary police reports, Meiyun Kang was out of the crosswalk. California Vehicle Code requires that motorists stop or slow down when a pedestrian is walking across the street in an unmarked or marked crosswalk or an intersection. However, if the pedestrian had been walking outside a crosswalk, pedestrian accident attorneys representing the pedestrian accident victim should look into whether the driver had sufficient time to stop or whether he or she was traveling too fast given the speed limit and traffic conditions for that roadway.
In such cases, dangerous roadway conditions may also cause or contribute to a pedestrian accident. Skilled California personal injury attorneys will help determine whether such a dangerous roadway condition existed in a particular case. If it did, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury.