Four people were killed in two separate accidents involving Halloween trick-or-treaters in Orange County.
According to reports in the Orange County Register, the first incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of North Jacaranda Street and Fairhaven Avenue in Santa Ana.
Three teens, two of them twins, were hit by a Honda CR-V, whose driver fled the scene. The three girls, all 13, were crossing north to south in a crosswalk.
Police are still looking for the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Santa Ana police at 714-245-8665.
In another incident, 65-year-old John Roger Alcorn was killed and his 4-year-old son was critically injured after they were both struck by a vehicle while crossing near West Yale Loop and Burwood Street in Irvine around 7:15 p.m.
In this case, the driver stopped and remained at the scene. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Irvine police at 949-724-7024. The investigation is ongoing.
Our deepest condolences go to the families of the three young victims and to everyone who knew and loved John Alcorn. We wish the critically injured child the very best for a complete recovery.
Our legal practice has represented a number of pedestrian accident victims in Orange County and we know the physical, financial and emotional challenges they go through.
Our thoughts and prayers are with these families.
Laws Relating to Pedestrians
Based on this news report, it appears that the all of the victims in these cases were trick-or-treating and were struck by vehicles. In the Santa Ana incident, witnesses say that the Honda that struck the girls was speeding through the intersection.
The trick-or-treaters were walking in a crosswalk.
Under California Vehicle Code 21950 (a), motorists are required to stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. In the Irvine incident, officials are still looking into who had the right-of-way.
Also under the law, all motorists are required to stop immediately and remain at the scene of an injury or fatal crash.
We certainly hope that the hit-and-run driver in the Santa Ana case is apprehended and brought to justice.
If you have any information, please visit our dedicated hit-and-run website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Justice for Victims’ Families
In such cases, the at-fault parties can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
An experienced Orange County personal injury attorney will be able to analyze all aspects of a case and help injured victims and families secure fair and full compensation for their tremendous losses.
A knowledgeable lawyer will also be able to determine if a dangerous roadway or intersection caused the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim must be properly filed within 180 days of the incident.