62-Year-Old Lakewood Man Killed in Long Beach Pedestrian Accident on South Street near Downey Avenue
Long Beach, California (February 19, 2020) - A 62-year-old Lakewood man died nine days after being struck by a vehicle in Long Beach, authorities said.
The accident happened at about 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 on South Street, just west of Downey Avenue.
Authorities said the Lakewood man was walking northbound across South Street outside of a designated crosswalk when he was hit by a 2003 Toyota Tacoma that was heading westbound.
The Lakewood man sustained critical injuries and was taken to a hospital. On February 14, his condition worsened and succumbed to his injuries.
According to the police, the victim was wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident.
The driver of the Tacoma, a 27-year-old Wisconsin man, stopped at the scene and cooperated with the investigators. Alcohol, drugs or distracted driving was not suspected to be factors in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.
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