According to recent reports, Sacramento police officers received reports of a man lying on Meadowview Road near the corner of 21st Street. When officers arrived at the scene they found that the man had already been hit by at least two vehicles and had been dragged for over one mile by the last car.
According to reports, the pedestrian was trapped beneath a Honda CRV. The driver, once they realized what had happened, stopped and remained at the scene and assisted investigators. A Sacramento police spokesman has said that that the driver has not faced any charges, and does not appear to have been driving under the influence.
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they pronounced the elderly man dead. He was later identified as 90-year-old Johnson Victor Russell by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
Sacramento police officers are still trying to determine why Russell was laying in the road at the time of the accident.
California is one of the leading states in the number of pedestrians injured by motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,432 people died in 2011 as the result of a pedestrian-related crash. More than 70 percent of pedestrian deaths occur at night, when it is harder for drivers to see.
While the vast majority of these accidents are not due to a deliberate desire to harm someone, they are still tragic and result in a wide range of damages. Someone who is hit by a car is most likely going to suffer physical injury. Medical costs and time away from work recovering can lead to debt and high bills.
Those who lose a loved one to a pedestrian-related accident have not only lost the companionship of their loved one but that person’s potential income as well. When faced with these and other issues related to a Sacramento pedestrian accident case, it is important to know that you are not alone and have legal options that can help you.
Those who have been injured or lost a loved one to a pedestrian-related accident can potentially seek compensation for damages by filing a personal injury or wrongful death suit. If you have found yourself in this situation, it is important that you talk to a personal injury lawyer. Our pedestrian accident lawyers have the experience and skill to build a personal injury case and fight for it. If you have suffered injury at the hands of a driver, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney today.