According to a surveillance video, a driver got into a large black car at the Venice Beach boardwalk in California, steered the car around a vehicle barrier and accelerated through the crowd. He reportedly hit numerous people after bystanders attempted to get out of the way. A woman who was on her honeymoon was killed in the incident, and 11 other people were injured.
A 43-year-old California pedestrian was pronounced dead after he was struck by a pickup truck. According to the report, the auto-pedestrian accident occurred after the driver of the truck failed to follow a curve in the roadway. The truck went onto the sidewalk and hit the pedestrian. The 19-year-old driver was taken into police custody and was charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. No other information on the pedestrian has been released, and the investigation is still in progress.
California residents might be interested to hear that LAPD's chief has responded to L.A.'s hit-and-run epidemic. Some people are concerned, however, that his report was more defensive than informative. Rather, the report spends time refocusing people away from L.A.'s failures by mentioning the hit-and-run data in New York, Chicago and Houston.
Much has been said about distracted driving and the dangers of texting while driving, but a new survey shows that distracted pedestrians also pose a danger. They put themselves at risk by using electronic devices while walking. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that pedestrian distraction causes more than 4,000 deaths a year in auto-pedestrian accidents and the number is rising.
A California driver faces charges of vehicular manslaughter after a wreck that killed one pedestrian and damaged more than one other vehicle. The auto-pedestrian accident may have occurred in the midst of a race involving at least one other vehicle, according to Los Angeles police. The scene of the accident was Compton Avenue near the 56th Street intersection at around nine p.m., and police have confirmed access to surveillance footage immediately following the accident.The victim was a 57-year-old resident of the neighborhood who lived about a block from the accident. The driver described the accident as part of a confession. The driver admitted to speeding and stated that the pedestrian ran in front of his vehicle. The 18-year-old driver reportedly attempted to brake and avoid the pedestrian. A police investigation of the scene did reveal skid marks, yet police still believe the driver was racing another vehicle. Street racing is not an uncommon activity on Compton Avenue, according to Los Angeles residents.
The Figueroa Corridor project plans to spend $20 million to transform roads in downtown L.A. into safe passageways for walkers, cyclist and public transportation. The changes will be similar to those made in other California city centers, such as Long Beach and San Francisco, in order to accommodate increased traffic and balance the needs of all who use the area. One of the goals is to decrease the number of auto-pedestrian accidents. The project will feature new foliage, upscale crosswalks, artwork, seating areas, widened sidewalks and upgraded bus areas. A new bike path will ease the transition of riders across intersections and into South L.A. or to public transportation. The improved bike routes will feature "cycle tracks" right next to sidewalks with parking spaces that act as a buffer between the cyclists and traffic.
On Oct. 22, 2012, a car veered and hit a 49-year-old man as he rode his bike to work and seriously injured the bicyclist. The motorist took off, leaving the injured man at the scene, who eventually died. His face was so badly damaged from the auto-pedestrian accident that the coroner's officer struggled to reconstruct his features. The family has tried to pull together during this tragedy, but each grieves the loss of a loving family man in their own way. One of the challenges they all face is the hopelessness of the police ever catching the driver who caused the accident. With little information on the vehicle that hit the man, California police have few leads to follow.
After a serious pedestrian accident, a woman suspected of drunk driving continued over two miles with the man on the hood of her vehicle. Although the victim spoke with emergency personnel and was transported to a local hospital, he later died. Friends of the victim said he was walking home from a local bar when he was hit.Authorities related that the woman panicked even though she knew he was stuck in her hood and windshield. After she hit the victim, she continued driving until witnesses stopped her because of their concern for the welfare of the victim. One bystander took her keys.
A head-on collision on Highway 118 near Moorpark, California, left one woman seriously injured late last month. The woman was transported by air to be treated for her injuries. Two other individuals sustained moderate injuries in the car accident. The female motorist crossed into the approaching lane of traffic and hit another vehicle head-on. That vehicle also struck a van. Investigators are unsure of why she didn't stay in her own lane. The two other victims, the driver and a passenger in the car hit, received medical attention for their injuries.
A Santa Rosa, California, driver was found guilty of all counts related to an auto-pedestrian accident that happened after he ran into a professional cyclist from New Zealand in June in Healdsburg, California. The five charges, including four felonies, were hit and run, theft of a vehicle with a prior conviction, reckless driving and possession of a stolen vehicle; the man was also convicted of a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license. The defendant faces a sentence of up to 10 years and four months of confinement.