Last night saw the tragic death of a pedestrian as he was trying to cross the street in Madera.
A report states that around 6 pm on Monday, a 79 year old man, who was walking in the middle of Adell Street (near Owens Street), was hit by a pickup truck and fatally injured. California Highway Patrol officers arrived on the scene and will continue to investigate the accident.
Sergeant John Johnson delivered a statement that at least initially seems to clear the driver of the pickup truck from the wrongdoing typically associated with such an incident: “At the scene of the accident, the driver did stop. It was not a hit and run. The driver stopped at the scene. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in either party.”
Although the investigation is ongoing, at this point it would appear that the driver will not be facing criminal charges.
As a San Jose personal injury attorney, I’ve seen my share of cases involving a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. Too often the driver panics and attempts to get away. The driver of this pickup most definitely did the right thing by stopping at the scene and complying with the officers who arrived. This incident also highlights how important it is to always obey any and all traffic signals when walking on the sidewalks and the streets. Being a personal injury attorney in San Jose, I can’t stress enough how important such signals are.