A 64-year-old man in a wheelchair suffered fatal injuries after he was struck while on a sidewalk by a car that was involved in a chain-reaction collision. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Chapman Avenue the afternoon of August 15, 2017. The man was transported to an area hospital where he died.
Officials say an Acura and a Nissan Murano were traveling south on Beach when the Acura collided with the Nissan. The Acura went out of control, traveled up the curb and ran over the man, police said. It is not clear if alcohol or drugs were involved. No arrests or citations were reported. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of this deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but two injuries reported as a result of pedestrian accidents in the city of Stanton. In Orange County as a whole, 52 people died and 784 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the incident was triggered by a chain reaction crash that occurred at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. There are still a number of unanswered questions here. What caused the collision? Did one vehicle rear-end the other? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was a driver distracted or speeding at the time? Did one of the drivers suffer a medical episode, causing this crash? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file what is known as wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to guide families through what can be a complex legal process and help them secure the monetary support they need during this difficult time.