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Pedestrian killed in truck collision

California, with the highest population in the country and great weather year-round, sees a disproportionately high number of pedestrian accidents, when compared with other states. Based on the numbers and other factors, this seems logical. However, drivers should do more to make sure that they are not putting pedestrians in peril. Unfortunately, according to a recent report, one driver failed in this responsibility.

The recent report indicates that a man in his 50's was struck and killed by a vehicle in nearby Long Beach. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred on April 18.

According to the reports, the vehicle involved was a SUV, driven by an 82-year-old man. The accident occurred in the early morning hours, about 1 a.m. It appears that the pedestrian may have been out for a jog, and the vehicle reportedly struck him as he began to cross the street in a designated crosswalk.

To make matters worse, after the vehicle struck the pedestrian, the man was dragged by the truck for a block. The reports indicate that the 82-year-old driver may not have even noticed that he struck a pedestrian because he did not stop until a police officer who heard the collision initiated a traffic stop.

Even though this pedestrian accident occurred in the middle of the night, the driver involved still had an obligation to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The failure to yield may lead to a personal injury lawsuit filed by the pedestrian's surviving family members.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Pedestrian Fatally Struck, Dragged By SUV In Long Beach," April 18, 2017

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