A man who was walking near Long Beach City College died in a pedestrian accident after being struck by a vehicle on the morning of March 29.
According to a news report in the Long Beach Post, the collision occurred in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Rose Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a pedestrian who had been struck by the driver of a 2019 Jeep vehicle.
Details of the Investigation
The Long Beach Fire Department took the pedestrian to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said. The Jeep driver, a Long Beach resident, remained at the scene and cooperated with police, officials said. Police said based on preliminary investigations that the pedestrian was walking northbound, outside of the crosswalk, when the driver, who was traveling westbound on PCH, struck him.
Officers are still looking into what caused this collision. So far, they’ve said they do not believe alcohol, drugs, speed, or distracted driving were factors. Police say the Jeep driver “was unable to stop or avoid striking the pedestrian.”
We offer our deepest condolences to the deceased victim’s family members for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, officials believe the pedestrian was walking outside of a crosswalk when he was struck by the Jeep. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”
Motorists still have a duty of care toward pedestrians. If you have been injured by a negligent driver or lost a loved one due to driver negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. In addition, a knowledgeable Long Beach car accident lawyer can also help victims and families assess whether a dangerous or defective roadway caused a collision. If that was the case, the governmental agency in charge of maintaining the roadway could also be held liable.