Mother and Child Identified As Alma Vasquez and Angel Garcia Died In Oakland Hit-And-Run Car Accident By The Intersection Of Foothill Boulevard and 26th Avenue
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (April 16, 2019) – A woman and her son identified as Alma Vasquez and Angel Garcia were killed in a hit-and-run car accident by the intersection of 26th Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.
Oakland police are saying that the accident took place on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. Alma Vasquez, Angel Garcia and the boy’s 20-year-old uncle were talking to the laundromat located across the street.
Witnesses are saying that the family was struck by a black Mercedes that took off from the scene. Police are offering $25,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Despite life-saving efforts Alma Vasquez and Angel Garcia later died due to their injuries. Oakland residents were deeply distraught by the accident and are calling the intersection dangerous.
Eleanor Alderman is the principal of International Community School in East Oakland where Angel Garcia went to school. According to Alderman, “People have been hit, but not killed before now. It’s really hard to understand why nothing has happened. From 28th to Garfield, there is not one stop lights. It’s a complete death trap.”
Many residents want to see a stop sign at the intersection in order to help prevent additional accidents in the future. You can help support the family of the victims by donating to the Go Fund Me page set up for them.
Designing Intersections To Be Safe
According to the Centers for Disease Control, In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours.” It has been estimated that nearly 94% of accidents are caused by human error. But the way that a road or intersection is designed can increase the likelihood of accidents. Here are just a few steps that can be taken to help protect pedestrians from car accidents:
- Protected left-turns
- Raised crossings at intersections
- Protected intersections
- Protected bicycle lanes
Most pedestrian accidents tend to happen from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as people are leaving home for work. It’s important that both pedestrians and drivers are very alert during this time. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for a pedestrian accident.
Liability In Pedestrian Accidents
Every driver has a common law duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. When a driver is involved in an accident they are supposed to remain at the scene. According to the California Vehicle Code 20001, “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall fulfill the requirements of Sections 20003 and 20004.” Drivers that choose to flee the scene of a collision may face civil as well as criminal liability.
The family of a victim that died in a pedestrian accident is able to seek justice through California’s Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. A negligent driver will be responsible for damages including lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. It’s important to make sure that a police report is filed after an accident. In addition to driver negligence, there may also be negligence on the part of a city.
According to California Government Code 830.8, “A public entity may be liable for accidents approximately caused by its failure to provide a signal, sign, marking or device to warn of a dangerous condition which endangers the safe movement of traffic and which would not be reasonably apparent to, and would not have been anticipated by, a person exercising due care.” When a city doesn’t put a sign to slow the flow of traffic at a dangerous intersection, the family of a victim that died could pursue a municipal negligence claim. A car accident attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alma Vasquez and Angel Garcia. It is our sincere hope that anyone that may have seen the accident will provide police with information about the suspect so that he can be brought to justice. We also encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me account that has been set up for the family. The city of Oakland needs to come forward and admit that there is a problem at this intersection. Action needs to be taken before more people are seriously injured or killed.
Have you or someone that you love been involved in a car accident at a dangerous intersection. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that steps are taken to make our streets and communities safer. Whether you need a free police report about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.