Nanci Perea Rosales, 69, suffered fatal injuries in a Santa Ana pedestrian accident the afternoon of Dec. 13. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Santa Ana police responded to calls of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision near Main Street and Alton Avenue. When officials responded, they found Rosales down in the roadway suffering from major injuries. Paramedics treated the injured pedestrian and transported her to an area hospital, but Rosales succumbed to her injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Rosales was crossing Main Street north of the Alton Avenue intersection when the vehicle was traveling west on Alton Avenue and turned north onto Main Street, striking her. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigating officers. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Santa Ana police at 714-245-8216.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members of Nanci Perea Rosales for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Motorists have a duty of care to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing the roadway. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a), motorists are required to come to a stop at a crosswalk – whether it’s marked or unmarked – and yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
Even when a pedestrian is not walking in a crosswalk, drivers have the duty to operate the vehicle carefully. 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.”
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Families of deceased victims may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. A knowledgeable Santa Ana pedestrian accident lawyer will also be able to determine whether the collision was caused by a dangerous or defective roadway. In such cases, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.