Susanville Woman Killed in Madera Pedestrian Accident on Road 26 near Haley Way
Madera, California (April 13, 2020) – A woman died after being struck by a vehicle while she was pushing a shopping cart Sunday night in Madera, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
The fatal crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 12 on Road 26, just north of Haley Way.
Authorities said a 55-year-old Susanville woman was pushing the cart northbound across Road 26 when she was hit by a northbound Kia that was traveling at about 48 miles per hour.
Emergency crews responded to the scene and found the woman lying on the roadway. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
According to the CHP, the driver of the Kia, Jose David Zaragoza, 19, of Madera, was not aware that he had struck the pedestrian and continued traveling.
Zaragoza later returned to the crash site and was cooperative, police said. Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected factors in 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 a pedestrian 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