The Santa Cruz Sentinel, a 22-year-old woman was injured when someone driving a white pickup truck
on Soquel and 7th Avenues knocked her down late Friday night, November
12. The woman’s arm was also run over.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Santa Cruz pedestrian
accident occurred at about 11 p.m. The woman was crossing the road when
the driver of a pickup truck turned left from 7th Avenue onto Soquel Avenue
and struck the pedestrian. She was knocked down and the pickup ran over
her left arm, and then fled the scene of the Santa Cruz pedestrian accident.
The woman, who was from Scotts Valley, was taken to a San Jose hospital
for treatment of her injuries.
The make and model of the white pickup truck are not known, and it is
also unclear of the gender of the driver. Authorities also don’t
know whether the Santa Cruz pedestrian accident caused any damage to the
In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported
4,378 pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents in the United States. An
additional 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes that same
year. This amounts to an average of about one pedestrian killed in a traffic
accident every 120 minutes, and one injured in a traffic crash about every
eight minutes in the U.S. In California, 620 pedestrians lost their lives
in traffic accidents in 2008, making it the state with the highest number
of pedestrian fatalities.
It is crucial for pedestrians to exercise caution when crossing the street.
Always follow traffic signals and wait to see if motor vehicles are going
to stop before crossing. When walking about at night, always wear bright
and/or reflective clothing for motorists to be aware of your presence.
Victims of a pedestrian accident in Santa Cruz can seek monetary compensation
for their injuries and losses, which may be a challenging process in a
hit-and-run situation. However, with the help of a Santa Cruz pedestrian
accident lawyer, this process can be a much smoother one. At Van Der Walde
& Associates, our attorneys have years of experience handling pedestrian
accident cases. Our attorneys will examine all the details surrounding
your accident and will do our best to hold negligent parties accountable
for your accident. We will seek compensation on your behalf while you
recover from your injuries. If you have been injured in a Santa Cruz pedestrian
accident, please contact us for a free consultation of your pedestrian
accident case. Call us today at (800) 900-0863.