Elderly Woman Killed in Oildale Pedestrian Crash at Merle Haggard Drive and McCray Street
Oildale, California (May 15, 2020) – An elderly woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday evening in Oildale, the California Highway Patrol reported.
At around 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Merle Haggard Drive and McCray Street for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.
Authorities said a pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Merle Haggard Drive when it struck the woman near the Merle Haggard Drive and McCray Street.
Witnesses told the authorities that the woman had ran towards the center median or the other side of the road to collect either a can or a bottle. She was struck by the truck while on her way back to the sidewalk.
The woman, believed to be in her mid-90s, died at the scene. Her name was withheld pending notification of the family.
The truck driver remained at the scene and was cooperative, authorities said. Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected factors in the accident.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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