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California car accidents: pedestrian killed in Huntington Beach

Many residents in southern California take advantage of the spectacular weather in the region by walking to their destinations. For the majority of the time, pedestrians are safe as they walk. However, when car accidents involve people on foot, the combination often proves deadly. A recent accident in Huntington Beach claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Police report that a 34-year-old woman was driving northbound on Beach Boulevard when she hit a light pole and a traffic light. She also ran into an electrical box before hitting a 55-year-old man who was walking on the east sidewalk. After the wreck, all northbound lanes of the road in addition to the on- and off-ramps were closed.

The pedestrian was sent to a nearby medical center. He was pronounced dead from injuries suffered in the accident. According to the Huntington Beach Police Department, the driver remained at the scene and was later arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The accident remains under investigation, and more charges may be pending.

Losing loved ones in car accidents such as this is devastating. The loss seems even more tragic when the accident was caused by the negligent behavior of another person. In similar situations, California residents have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the person who was responsible for their loved one's death. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can explain the process and help families determine the best course of action for them. A successful lawsuit could award family members compensation to help them with funeral expenses and other costs associated with the accident.

Source: abc7.com, "Pedestrian struck, killed in Huntington Beach; driver arrested for DUI", April 27, 2017

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