A 19-year-old woman identified as Sadie Marie Martin was killed after being struck by a vehicle on Loma Rica Road in Yuba County, on March 27.
According to the initial reports from the Yuba-Sutter California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at around 8 p.m. on Loma Rica Road, north of Highway 20. The woman was reportedly pushing her 2005 Honda in the southbound lane of Loma Rica Road, north of Highway 20. Suddenly, a 2011 Chrysler hit the woman and the Honda she was pushing.
The driver of the Chrysler was identified as a 20-year-old man named Joseph Fletcher II. The suspect was reportedly driving his car at 65 mph, an alarming rate of speed. He attained minor neck injuries and was brought to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the victim died due to the severity of her injuries.
Police crossed out alcohol and drugs as a factor in the accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Investigation
Local authorities are currently investigating the case.
It’s undeniable that pedestrians are indeed more susceptible to accidents in comparison to passengers inside vehicles. Passengers of private cars are protected by seatbelts and airbags, which can decrease the fatality rate of an accident while pedestrians are left unprotected from the dangers on the roadways.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, around 6,227 pedestrians were killed in the U.S. in 2018, which was a 250 increase from the previous year. These pedestrian accidents are commonly caused by negligent driving, distracted driving, or failure to avoid incoming pedestrians.
When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have the proper resources to prove the negligence of the guilty party. Having an experienced Yuba wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal pedestrian accident cases conduct an independent investigation can help the victims receive the justice that they deserve.
During the independent investigation, all possible contributing factors such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting must be considered and thoroughly examined.
Yuba Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Regardless of whether a pedestrian was walking on a marked crosswalk or not, the driver always must yield any incoming pedestrians in their way.
Losing a loved one to a tragic pedestrian accident can be overwhelming. While waiting for the results of the official investigation, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of their attorney. Through the wrongful death claim, the family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them.
Attorneys can survive as a helpful legal guide during these difficult times for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights while ensuring that the negligent driver will be held accountable for their suspected crime.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office.