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California crosswalk accident leaves teen dead -- wrongful death?

When you're a pedestrian, you know it's important to be careful when crossing the street at an unmarked crosswalk area. However, if you're in California, you know that any driver is expected to yield to you, regardless of whether the crosswalk is clearly noted. This doesn't always happen, though, and can lead to wrongful death. In fact, this is exactly what happened to one teen who stepped into the street and became a victim of what was arguably a wrongful death.

It was 9:30 in the evening when the teenaged girl was hit by an Infiniti that reportedly never slowed down upon its approach toward the crosswalk. Though police have ruled out the possibility that the driver was under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, they have not given any indication as to whether the driver was speeding at the time of the accident. Regardless, the injuries sustained by the teen proved fatal, and she died later at a medical center.

The 21-year-old driver, who has been charged with a misdemeanor, will attend a hearing later this month. Though she has expressed sadness that the teen was killed, she is still asserting a not guilty plea through her legal representative in response to charges that she was negligent. She has been allowed to remain free and is not in the custody of the authorities.

This type of wrongful death incident happens all-too-regularly. Although the driver is stating her remorse that a life was lost, her words no doubt ring cold to the family and friends of the California incident victim. They surviving family retains the right to seek remuneration for the pain, suffering and other financial damages they will undergo as they bury and grieve their lost loved one.

Source:, Not guilty plea entered in teenager's death, No author, Sept. 5, 2013

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