Therese Papagayo ID’d as 1 of 2 Pedestrians Struck and Killed by Metro Train on L Line near California Avenue and Duarte Road in Monrovia
Monrovia, California (April 17, 2020) – The woman who was struck and killed, along with a toddler, by a Metro train Wednesday morning in Monrovia has been identified as Therese Papagayo, 36, of Monrovia, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
The deadly accident took place at around 8:45 a.m. April 15 near California Avenue and Duarte Road.
Authorities said Papagayo and a boy, believed to be under two years, were walking along the tracks when, for unknown reasons, they were hit by a northbound Metro train that was operating on the L Line.
Emergency personnel responded and pronounced Papagayo and the boy dead at the scene of the accident.
Rail service between Monrovia and Duarte stations was interrupted for nearly five hours as the authorities investigated the cause of the accident.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate apedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said