Police have identified the man who was killed in an October 28, 2008 Huntington Beach pedestrian accident on Beach Boulevard as 45-year-old John Turner of Buena Park. According to an article in The Orange County Register, Turner was walking in the northbound lanes of Beach, north of Utica Street when the accident happened. 29-year-old Kristine Graham, who was driving a Nissan Murano sport utility vehicle in the fast lane, struck Turner.
Police say Turner didn’t appear to have been walking in a crosswalk. Graham has not yet been arrested or cited pending an accident investigation. Anyone who witnessed this fatal 10/28/08 Huntington Beach pedestrian accident is asked to call police traffic investigators at 714-536-5666.
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS), in 2006, there were four pedestrian accident related deaths and 55 injuries in Huntington Beach. In Orange County as a whole, there were 45 fatalities and 802 injuries relating to pedestrian accidents during the same time period.
I offer my condolences to the family of John Turner for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
I hope those who witnessed this horrific accident come forward to tell traffic investigators exactly what happened. I’m sure the investigators are looking at how fast Graham was traveling at the time of the accident. They will also be looking into several other issues. Was she driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol? Was she distracted in some way? Did she have any visual obstructions that blocked her view of Turner crossing the street?
If I were a member of John Turner’s family, I would want to know what really happened and who is at fault. The family needs to consult with an Orange County pedestrian accident attorney who has the skill and resources to determine the cause of the accident and who should be held accountable. If Graham has some degree of fault then Turner’s family should receive due compensation for his wrongful death. A skilled California personal injury lawyer will be able to recover what is rightfully due to Turner’s family for their loss.