A 38-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed just outside of Vista’s city limits on May 10, 2017. The decedent and a friend were walking westbound near the shoulder of Santa Fe Avenue just south of Montgomery Drive when a passing motorist’s car struck the man.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators that responded to the scene reported that the area is particularly poorly illuminated, a circumstance that makes it difficult for motorists to see pedestrians.
Upon witnessing the accident, the decedent’s companion who had been with him at the time he was struck, left him and took off for a local shop to place a call to 911. By the time emergency responders arrived at the crash scene, the victim’s companion was no where to be found. Police were not sure of his identity either.
As for the victim, he was soon found by officers deceased in the middle of the road. The driver’s license that was found on his person listed him as being a resident of San Diego.
The 31-year-old driver of the 1996 Saab 900 car that struck the man had stopped a bit down the road from where the fatal accident had occurred. He did not appear to have suffer any injuries in the crash. Police officials also conceded that they did not believe that he was speeding nor driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he struck the man.
While the police’s initial conclusion is that the striking of the man was completely accidental, family members may still be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him. If it’s believed that the man exhibited any degree of negligence in causing the victim’s death, then a Vista pedestrian accident attorney may be able to help his family recover some of his funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, “Pedestrian struck, killed by car near Vista,” David Hernandez, May 10, 2017