Man, 58, Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Dark Highway 74
VALLE VISTA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2018) — Antonio Ramirez, 58, of Hemet was struck by a car and killed Sunday night as he walked through the intersection of Florida Avenue (Highway 74) and 8th Street, according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.
The victim was walking in a southbound direction in a darkened area on 8th Street approaching Highway 74 to cross the intersection about 8:15 p.m. As he walked across the street outside of a marked crosswalk he was struck by a gray 2009 Nissan Frontier that was heading westbound.
Paramedics responding to the scene transported Ramirez to Hemet Valley Medical Center, but he later died just before 10 p.m., according to the coroner.
The 38-year-old, Hemet man driving the Nissan called 911 to report the crash and he was not injured. He told police he saw the victim in front of him, but was unable to avoid the crash.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash and have not ruled out drugs and alcohol.
Wrongful Death Accident Investigation
An investigation into this collision is underway to determine fault. Under California law, pedestrians typically have the right-of-way at an intersection even if there is no marked crosswalk. The 55-mph speed limit here, however, would make this a dangerous place to cross at night for pedestrians.
If a negligent driver caused a collision that left you injured or took the life of your loved one, you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
It’s important to note, however, that it’s quite common for insurance companies to try and avoid paying out a claim even when they know their insured is responsible. They may also make an offer to settle for far less than the full amount owed. This is unacceptable.
If you, or your loved one, have been hurt in a California traffic accident, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group today and speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers to help you. We will bring our expertise to your case and guide you every step of the way. Give our office a call at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation. – sks
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