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UPDATE: Alexander Vasquez Killed In Oxnard Car Accident While Walking to Cesar Chavez School Near Cooper Road and Anita Avenue

Oct 3, 2019

Alexander Vasquez Oxnard: Alexander Vasquez Killed In Oxnard Car Accident While Walking to Cesar Chavez School Near Cooper Road and Anita Avenue

OXNARD, CALIFORNIA (October 2, 2019) – A woman, 9-year-old girl were injured in a car accident that killed 8-year-old Alexander Vasquez as they were walking to Cesar Chavez School.

Oxnard police are saying that the accident took place around 7:40 a.m. Police are saying that a 17-year-old girl driving a van hit Alexander Vasquez and the two other pedestrians as they were crossing the road. 

The driver that hit the victims remained at the scene and cooperated with police. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have been factors in the crash. 

Despite life-saving efforts Alexander Vasquez later died due to his injuries. The woman and the 9-year-old girl were both treated for their injuries. 

The driver that hit the victims told authorities that the sun was in her eyes. 

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to yield the right of way to pedestrians in lawfully marked crosswalks. 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.” Pedestrian accidents tend to happen when drivers are:

  • Distracted 
  • Speeding
  • Intoxicated
  • Fatigued

If a driver is having a difficult time seeing what’s ahead of them due to road conditions, the sun or inclement weather they must slow down and take appropriate action. Drivers should be even more cautious when the approach school zones. According to California Vehicle Code 22352, drivers should typically slow down to 15 mph:  

“(2) When approaching or passing a school building or the grounds thereof, contiguous to a highway and posted with a standard “SCHOOL” warning sign, while children are going to or leaving the school either during school hours or during the noon recess period. The prima facie limit shall also apply when approaching or passing any school grounds which are not separated from the highway by a fence, gate, or other physical barrier while the grounds are in use by children and the highway is posted with a standard “SCHOOL” warning sign. For purposes of this subparagraph, standard “SCHOOL” warning signs may be placed at any distance up to 500 feet away from school grounds.”

In many situations, however, a driver will not be solely at fault for an accident. For example, a city could be liable for an accident under California Government Code 835 if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. A road may lack adequate safety features or signs to hep keep pedestrians safe. When a city has been given constructive notice about a dangerous condition they should take steps to help correct the problem.

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 cover lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alexander Vasquez and all of those affected by this horrific accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. As consumer safety advocates it is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help make this intersection safer. 

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