Woman Struck, Killed by Car at Santa Fe Street and Walnut Avenue
VISALIA (September 8, 2017) – A fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Santa Fe Street, also known as Road 128, according to ABC 30.
The article report was posted on Friday at 2:31 p.m. but the exact time when the female pedestrian was fatally struck was unclear.
Officials said the woman was likely crossing the street near Walnut Avenue intersection when she was hit by a 1999 Chevrolet of unspecified built. The victim apparently died of her injuries before being taken to a hospital.
Jon Mello in Visalia Fatal Crash
Meanwhile, police have identified the involved motorist as 21-year-old Jon Mello, of Tulare. It was not immediately known Mello remained at the scene following the crash.
Investigators continue to work on determining the circumstances that led to the deadly accident.
We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members of the deceased as they search for peace and comfort.
Based on this news report, it remained unclear if Mr. Jon Mello will be held liable for hitting the woman. California has several right of way laws that apply to the pedestrians. These laws include the obligation of the drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk, or unmarked crosswalks at intersections, to not overtake and pass a stopped vehicle that let pedestrians cross at a marked or unmarked crosswalk, and to exercise due care and lessen the speed of their cars while approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.
At this time, investigators are still determining what precisely caused the accident. If officials determine that the motorist involved showed negligence or recklessness at the time of the collision, then the family members of the victim may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a fatal accident, we encourage you to call Johnson Attorneys Group today at 800-235-6801. Our California-licensed lawyers will speak with you and provide you a free case evaluation.
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