Man Struck Dead In Pasadena Pedestrian Accident
Simply Crossing The Road Led To One Man’s Death
On Sunday night, April 19, around 11:30 a 47 year-old man was struck by a minivan, while attempting to cross the road. Unfortunately, the man did not survive the injuries he got from the car accident and was dead by the time the paramedics got there. The man, identified as John Francis Thomas, was said to have been dropped off on the north side of Mountain Road, in front of a 7-Eleven, and was in the process of crossing the road when he stepped right into the path of a 1997 Dodge Caravan, which ran him down.
Should the minivan driver be held responsible for Thomas’ death? Reports claim that the driver of the minivan, an 83-year-old Pasadena resident, immediately pulled into the 7-Eleven and reported the accident to the police. Moreover, Thomas was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk and was wearing all black when the car hit him.
Nevertheless, Thomas suffered injuries due to being hit by the minivan and those injured left to his death – should his family be able to recover for his death? A wrongful death action requires for the death to have been caused due to negligence. The police have stated that there is nothing to suggest negligence on the part of the minivan driver: the driver was not under the influence of drugs nor was he drunk, and there is no evidence of speeding. It is unknown as of yet what options are available to the parties involved as the investigation is still ongoing.
Sharona Eslamboly Hakim, Esq. is a successful personal injury attorney and the principal of the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim firm in Beverly Hills, California.