Cyrus Syadeh, 77, of Woodland Hills, died in an Irvine pedestrian accident on Sept. 22 after he was a struck by a vehicle on Culver Boulevard, The Orange County Register reports. Syadeh was reportedly struck and killed by a 41-year-old Newport Beach woman and was found lying in the street near Sandburg Way. Syadeh suffered multiple injuries and was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Irvine Police officials said the driver, whose identify has not been revealed, was driving north on Culver when she hit Syadeh. Police are still trying to determine whether Syadeh was walking against the traffic signal and what color the light was for the driver. The driver has not been charged or detained. If you saw this pedestrian accident, please call Irvine police detective Jonathan Cherney at 949-724-7024.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Cyrus Syadeh for their tragic loss.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS), in 2006, there was one pedestrian fatality in Irvine and 27 pedestrian accident related injuries. For the same period in Orange County, there were 45 pedestrian deaths and 802 pedestrian accident related injuries.
It’s too early to tell who is at fault for this fatal pedestrian accident. However, given the unknown factors in this collision, the family of Cyrus Syadeh would be well advised to retain the services of an experienced Orange County pedestrian accident attorney. The attorney should independently investigate this accident to determine the facts. There are a number of questions to be answered here. Was Cyrus Syadeh crossing in a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked intersection? If so, did he have the light? Did the driver run a red light? A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will locate and interview eyewitnesses, who will be crucial in determining these important facts.
An expert auto accident attorney will also look into whether there was a dangerous condition on the roadway or if the accident occurred at a dangerous intersection. If that was the case, then the City of Irvine could be held liable. Any claim against a government agency must be filed within six months of the accident. If the driver who hit Syadeh did not have auto insurance or sufficient insurance coverage, then Syadeh may be covered under the uninsured or underinsured motorist provision of his own auto insurance.