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Four-year-old Girl Killed in Anaheim Car Accident

By Brian Chase on September 9, 2011 - 2 comments

Jasmine Serdaru Anaheim AccidentJazmine Serdaru, 4, was killed in an Anaheim car accident after she was struck by a minivan in the parking lot of a large apartment complex. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the night of September 8, 2011. Police say the collision occurred at Amberway Apartment Homes in the 400 block of South Chatham Circle. Responding officers found that Jazmine had suffered traumatic injuries. She was transported to an area trauma center where she died shortly afterward. Investigators are dealing with conflicting reports at this point and are trying to figure out why the girl was in the parking lot of the gated apartment complex and how the collision occurred.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members of Jazmine Serdaru for their sudden and heartbreaking loss. Apparently, the little girl celebrated her fourth birthday just last month. Tragic! Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight fatalities and 101 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Anaheim. In Orange County as a whole, 41 people died and 864 were injured as a result of pedestrian accidents, during the same year.

What Caused this Tragic Accident?

Based on this news report, it is unclear as to how or why this tragic collision occurred. There are several unanswered questions here. Was the girl running into oncoming traffic in the parking lot at the time? Who was watching her? Was the driver under the influence, distracted or otherwise negligent at the time? Was there a dangerous condition on the property, which may have caused or contributed to this fatal accident?

Fault and Liability

If the driver of the minivan is determined to have been at fault, then, she could be held liable for Jazmine’s wrongful death. If the child was under someone’s care, that caregiver could be held liable. If a dangerous condition in the apartment complex’s parking lot caused the accident, then, the property owner can also be held liable. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses and funeral costs.

Victims’ families would be well-advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims and their families.

Car Accident Attorneys in Orange County

Driving around Anaheim is more difficult than one might expect. Do you feel Anaheim, California is safe for drivers?

Depends on which part of the city you are driving in.

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2 Responses to “Four-year-old Girl Killed in Anaheim Car Accident”

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    Arron said:

    I lived in amberway and there are kids as young as 3 years old running around that complex every night – many nights after 11pm without any adult supervision. It’s gross negligence on the part of all parents that do this. It’s horrible what happened and my heart goes out to the family but you cannot leave children unattended in a large apartment complex to fend for themselves.

    Look up reviews for amberway apartments in anaheim, ca and you’ll see it’s been a complaint of residents for a long time.

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    Taxuright said:

    So sad to hear about this. I live right around the corner from this innocent 4 year old that’s life was taken from. At least she is in a better place then what we deal with on the daily. Parents need to pay more attention to their kids and safety and why the little girl was out late who knows but whoever did this should do the max time so other people will get the message and learn from this. So sad we have to learn this way. God bless her and her family at this hard time.

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