Martha Pena, 52, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident when a vehicle crashed into a restaurant where she was eating. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the fatal car accident occurred at Troy’s Burgers at York Boulevard and Armadale Avenue in Highland Park the evening of November 27, 2010. Pena was inside the restaurant with her family when the car crashed into the building. According to a witness, the car struck Pena throwing her about 20 feet. Pena’s 20-year-old son, who was also hit, has been listed in critical condition and two others suffered minor injuries. The driver, a 19-year-old man, passed a field sobriety test. But officials say he could still be cited or charged.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Martha Pena. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragic car accident. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 104 people were killed and 2,716 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Los Angeles. During the same year, 214 fatalities and 4,985 injuries were reported involving pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles County.
What Caused This Tragic Car Accident?
It is unclear from the report what exactly led to this fatal car accident. Police conducted a field sobriety test to determine if the teen driver was under the influence of alcohol. I trust investigators are also looking into whether the driver was distracted, inattentive, speeding or driving recklessly at the time.
If the driver is determined to have been at fault, he could not only face criminal charges, but also be held financially responsible for Pena’s wrongful death and the injuries caused to the other victims. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim could seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Injured victims can claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and other damages related to the accident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims or their families in such cases about their legal rights and options.
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