Homeless Man Seriously Injured in Chula Vista Pedestrian Accident near Interstate 5 and J Street
Chula Vista, California (January 25, 2020) – A pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle that veered off Interstate 5 in the Chula Vista area early Friday morning, according to a local news source.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at around 2:00 a.m. Friday, January 24, near southbound Interstate 5 and J Street.
The CHP said a woman was driving her sedan southbound on Interstate 5 when she allowed the vehicle to drift off the right shoulder across the J Street on-ramp and went down an embankment off Bay Boulevard before hitting a homeless man in an encampment.
The sedan then caught fire following the crash. The driver managed to get out and crawl away from the wreckage.
The pedestrian sustained major injuries and was transported to UCSD Medical Center.
The female driver was also taken to the hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI after her release from the hospital.
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.