Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 11:27 am
Source: Costa Mesa Police Department and news reports
COSTA MESA, California — An unidentified 22-year-old woman was struck and seriously injured early Saturday morning after she was hit by a Porsche 944 while crossing Newport Boulevard outside of a crosswalk, according to Costa Mesa police reports.
The pedestrian accident took place about 1:11 a.m. at the intersection of Newport Boulevard near Industrial Way, police said.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with major head injuries. The male driver of the Porsche was questioned by police, but there was no further information about whether he was cited or not.
The Costa Mesa Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the car accident to contact Police Investigator Rick Cummings at 714-754-5264.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report
Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death, car accident law firms advise. There were two pedestrians killed and 57 others injured in car accidents in Costa Mesa in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. In Orange County 41 pedestrians died and 864 were injured in 2009.
In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.
National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.
California Pedestrian Law
“Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.
(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
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