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SAN FRANCISCO: Benjamin Dean Killed, Kelly Dean Injured In Car Accident With Tesla Near Union Square By Taylor Street and O’Farrell Street


Jul 22, 2019

Benjamin Dean San Francisco: Kelly Dean Injured, Benjamin Dean From Clovis Killed In San Francisco Car Accident With Tesla Near Union Square By Taylor Street and O’Farrell Street

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (July 21, 2019) – A man from Clovis identified as Benjamin Dean has died and his wife Kelly Dean was critically injured in a car accident near Union Square by Taylor Street and O’Farrell Street. 

San Francisco police are saying that the accident involved a 22-year-old woman was driving a Tesla. The woman was allegedly speeding and ran a red light on Taylor Street. 

The woman hit a Mini Cooper that was crossing the intersection. The force of the impact pushed the car into Benjamin Dean and his wife.

Both Benjamin Dean and Kelly Dean were critically injured in the crash. Despite life-saving efforts Benjamin Dean was pronounced dead due to his injuries.  

San Francisco police are saying that the woman who drove the rented Tesla has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

Police removed the memory chip from the Tesla in order to get a better idea of what happened in the accident. 

Creating Safer Streets In San Francisco

Nearly 35,000 people are killed every year in car accidents across the United States. According to Vision Zero SF, “Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 500 more are severely injured while traveling on city streets. These deaths and injuries are unacceptable and preventable, and San Francisco is committed to stopping further loss of live. That’s why our transportation agency joined city leaders in 2014 to adopt a policy called Vision Zero, with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths in San Francisco.” 

City officials have created Vision Zero in order to help reduce pedestrian fatalities. The ultimate goal is to one day have zero pedestrian deaths. Officials hope to accomplish this by enforcing existing laws and designing streets to be safer. Depending on the facts of any case in particular, there could be numerous sources of liability for a pedestrian accident. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents 

Drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to California Vehicle Code 21950, “The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.” If a driver is speeding or runs a red light and hits a pedestrian they may face criminal as well as civil liability.

But driver error is not the only source of potential negligence in an accident. San Francisco may be liable for a pedestrian accident if it was caused by a defect on public property. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.” 

The family of any victim that died in a pedestrian accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help with medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim, so it’s important to act quickly. 

Investigating A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Benjamin Dean as they are going through such a difficult time. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a completely preventable tragedy that should have never taken place. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a car accident in San Francisco you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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