Whether due to distracted driving, inebriation or some other form of careless driving, it is a tragic fact that not all motorists are paying enough attention to the road in front of them. Unfortunately, such careless driving might result in a car or pedestrian accident, causing injury or even death. In that vein, Arizona readers may be shocked and saddened to hear of the death of an elderly man after he was struck by a motor vehicle.
The accident happened at 1:49 p.m. on April 27 in the area of Prescott, Arizona. According to a local news report, a 92-year-old man was attempting to cross a street within the boundaries of a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a Ford truck. He was treated at the scene of the accident by emergency responders before being transported to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He was then airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.
At the time of the local news report, an investigation into the tragedy was still ongoing. However, according to at least one eyewitness, it appears that the truck entered the crosswalk after failing to come to a halt for a red light. Fortunately, the driver of the vehicle is said to be cooperating with the authorities, and that may help with piecing together how the accident happened. Nonetheless, if the driver was negligent in causing the accident, he or she may face responsibility for the fatal collision.
The sudden loss of a loved one always comes as a shock, and that loss is never easy to bear. In this case, if the eyewitness report is correct, then it may be that the motorist was negligent in causing the pedestrian accident that led to the loss of a man's life. As a result, the family of the elderly man may consider the possibility of a wrongful death suit against the driver of the truck.
Source: Prescott News, "90-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck In Crosswalk on Friday," Lynne LaMaster, April 30, 2012