Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 9:49 am
HOLLYWOOD, California (Feb. 12, 2014) – Marleni Edith Barrera, 42, was killed and her daughter was injured Tuesday morning when they were hit by the driver of a semi-tractor trailer truck in the 1300 block of North Bronson Avenue, according to a report by KABC News.
About 7:48 a.m., witnesses say Barrera was walking her 9-year-old daughter to Citizens of the World Charter School when they stepped into the crosswalk and were struck by a truck driver heading southbound on Bronson Avenue, the report said.
Paramedics rushed both mother and daughter by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but the mother died of her injuries. The daughter is expected to survive with only minor injuries.
“Drivers have to be scanning the roadway at all times and be alert for pedestrians, especially in school zones where children are present,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “As a driver you have to anticipate pedestrians stepping into the road at intersections. Sadly, this child is now without a mother and traumatized over seeing her mother killed by this driver.”
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) a driver must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, said Seegmiller, a California wrongful death attorney. Also, drivers are required to slow down when a pedestrian is approaching the roadway and be alert for any crossings.
“There are exceptions in the law, however, such as pedestrians are required to watch out for their own safety,” Seemiller said. “This means they cannot suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle. Also, pedestrians should not unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
However, if a pedestrian does step into the roadway suddenly the driver must still make every effort to safely stop or avoid hitting them whether it’s a marked or unmarked crosswalk, Seegmiller said.
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