Hang Vu, 60, died from injuries she sustained in a Westminster car crash after a vehicle struck her at the parking lot of a supermarket. The Orange County Register reports that the fatal pedestrian collision occurred the morning of May 13, 2013 in the parking lot of the A Dong Supermarket at 9221 Bolsa Avenue in Westminster. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene and found two female pedestrians were injured as a result of the crash.
A woman later identified as Hang Vu had been struck and critically injured while she was standing in front of the supermarket. Vu died later from her injuries. The other pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of this crash. No arrests or citations have been reported.
Pedestrian Crash Statistics
There were four fatalities and 28 injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in Westminster, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. During the same year, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to pedestrian collisions in Orange County.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the woman was just standing in front of a large supermarket in Orange County’s Little Saigon when she was struck by a vehicle and critically injured. There are several questions here. Was the driver of the vehicle under the influence? Was the driver distracted or inattentive? Was there a dangerous condition on the property, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the driver is determined to have been at fault here, he or she could be held liable for Vu’s wrongful death and the injuries caused to the other pedestrian. If a dangerous condition on the supermarket’s parking lot caused or contributed to the incident, the property owner can also be held liable. Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Injured victims and families of deceased victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced Westminster personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the rights of victims and their families are protected.