A pedestrian death is always very sad, particularly if the circumstances that led up to the fatality are rather unclear. Recently, a California mother was tragically struck and killed by a utility truck as she was walking her daughter and a neighbor to school. Now, the people who loved her are searching for answers as investigators continue to look into how this horrific truck accident occurred. It is not yet known if the driver will be charged.
The 37-year-old woman was walking down a residential street with the children at about 7:30 a.m. when she was struck. Reports indicate that she may have been chasing a child who ran into the path of the Chevy pickup. At the time of the accident, the truck was said to have been traveling at a moderate speed, and police stated that the driver's visibility may have been affected by the sun.
In the aftermath of the accident, the woman was pinned beneath the truck until bystanders could lift it away from her. She was transported to an area hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead. The two little girls reportedly sustained minor injuries and were treated at a children's hospital.
As the woman's loved ones grieve their loss, they may also be paying close attention to the investigation into this truck accident. If it becomes clear that the driver acted negligently in any way, they may be able to pursue a claim for wrongful death. In California, a claim of this nature may be successful if there is evidence that the death was caused by someone else's negligence. Any compensation awarded may give them some financial assistance and a little peace of mind as they try to move on with their lives.
Source: cbs8.com, Woman hit and killed by SDG&E truck in Shelltown, Angelique Lizarde and Phil Blauer, Jan. 22, 2014