Judy Appel, 53; and Alison Bernstein, 54, Victims in Berkeley Crash
BERKELEY (January 5, 2019) – Two women were critically injured after a traffic accident along Martin Luther King Jr. Way on Saturday, according to The Mercury News and NBC Bay Area.
The victims have been identified as 53-year-old Judy Appel and 54-year-old Alison Bernstein. Both are from Berkeley.
As per the reports, police said Appel and Berstein were crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Way when for an unknown reason they were struck by a vehicle.
The car was traveling north when it hit the two pedestrians. The collision occurred just after midnight near the corner of Stuart Street.
Pedestrians Hit by Car in Berkeley, January 5
Both victims were immediately taken to a local hospital where they were listed in critical condition.
Meanwhile, police affirmed that the 81-year-old Berkeley resident stopped after hitting the women and cooperated with the authorities.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation. Reports indicated that Appel is the president of the Berkeley Unified School District board while Bernstein is an attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender.
*We extend our prayers and sincerest thoughts to the victims and their families and friends during such a difficult time. We wish them a full recovery.
Personal Injury Lawyer
California has several right of way laws that apply to the pedestrians. These laws include the obligation of the drivers to exercise due care and lessen the speed of their cars while approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Authorities will thoroughly look into the speed of the vehicle, whether or not alcohol or drugs also played a role, whether or not there was any mechanical issue with car, and whether or not the driver involved was distracted or reckless when the collision occurred.
Pending the results and findings of the investigation for this collision, the families of Ms. Judy Appel and Ms. Alison Bernstein may possess the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Give our experienced personal injury lawyer a call at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.
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