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SUNNYVALE: Ping Lu Injured In Car Accident After Retired Veteran With PTSD Drove Onto Sidewalk


Apr 26, 2019

Ping Lu Sunnyvale: 42-Year-Old Ping Lu was Seriously Injured In Car Accident After Army Veteran With PTSD Drove Onto Sidewalk

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA (April 26, 2019) – A 41-year-old Sunnyvale resident identified as Ping Lu was seriously injured after a retired army veteran drove onto a sidewalk and hit 8 pedestrians.

Prosecutors are still trying to determine if the army veteran did this intentionally or if it was an accident. Numerous people were injured in the car accident including Maria Reimler, Soren Reimler, Ping Lu, Rajesh Narayan, Dhriti and Eric Nava. 

Shantain Vargas was one of the witnesses that saw the accident. The scene afterwards was chaotic with the suspect allegedly shouting ‘thank you, Jesus … thank you, Jesus.’

The suspect’s mother told authorities that her son served in the Army and that he was undergoing treatment for PTSD. She said that he was a wonderful son and had been hospitalized in 2015 after a particularly bad episode of PTSD. 

An investigation into the accident that injured Maria Reimler, Soren Reimler, Ping Lu, Rajesh Narayan and Eric Nava remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

Every driver is expected to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid accidents. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” 

It has been estimated by Medline Plus that over 11% of army veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. It total, PTSD affects around 7.7 million adults in the United States. There are a number of instances where PTSD can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. If a driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian while suffering from a mental illness, they could face civil liability. Any person that is injured may be able to recover damages. A car accident attorney can evaluate the specific 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 thoughts and prayers to Maria Reimler, Soren Reimler, Ping Lu, Rajesh Narayan, Eric Nava and all of those that were injured in this horrific accident. Anyone that may have seen what happened should come forward as police continue to investigate. The U.S. military also needs to be doing everything in their power to make sure that soldiers are getting all the treatment that the need. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We can investigate your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need more information after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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