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UPDATE: Clara Wiley Killed In Car Accident At Kmart Parking Lot Involving Modesto Truck Not Far From Ceres On Hatch Road

Oct 17, 2018

Fatal Truck Accident Reported: Clara Wiley died In Modesto Kmart Parking Lot After Being Hit By Car Or Large Big Rig Truck Near Ceres

 MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (October 17, 2018) A 47-year-old woman identified as Clara Wiley has tragically died after being run over by a car or truck in a Kmart parking lot on Hatch Road.

Ceres police came across the body of Clara Wiley around 8:20 a.m. after receiving several calls about a woman laying in the Kmart parking lot. A medical examiner responded to the scene and pronounced her dead.

There was no evidence of foul play and police suggested that the woman may have been run over by a large semi truck. Officers are continuing to investigate the fatal hit-and-run accident but were unable to release any information about the potential truck driver.

Modesto police are asking the public for help in order to determine what happened. You can give the police information by calling Officer Kessler at 209-538-5620.

The Dangers Of Parking Lots

Parking lots can be a lot more dangerous than many people think. According to the National Safety Council, there are around 50,000 crashes that occur every year in parking lots across the United States. The holiday season, in particular, can be especially dangerous. In a survey of driver behavior in parking lots respondents admitted to the following behavior:

  • Using their cellphone (66%)

  • Programming a GPS Unit (63%)

  • Texting (56%)

  • Utilizing social media (52%)

  • Checking emails (50%)

  • Taking photos or watching videos (49%)

It’s important for pedestrians to stay alert and for drivers to proceed slowly in parking lots. Watch for pedestrians that may be walking behind or around your vehicle. If you are injured while walking in a parking lot it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.

Liability In Parking Lot Accidents

Depending on a number of factors, there could potentially be numerous sources of liability involving a pedestrian accident in a parking lot. For example, a driver could be at fault for being inattentive and hitting a pedestrian. This is almost always the case with hit-and-run accidents in parking lots. A driver may not have been paying attention, hit a pedestrian (knowingly or unknowingly) and taken off. Most parking lots are covered by security cameras for safety reasons and this footage can be instrumental in helping determine liability after an accident.

In addition to any potential negligence on the part of a driver there may also be negligence on the part of a property owner for failing to maintain their parking lot. Property owners have to make sure that parking lots are reasonably safe and have the necessary equipment to protect pedestrians. This may include installing marked crosswalks, bollard posts and stop signs. A lawyer familiar with premises liability law can investigate your case and let you know what your rights are. Victims of parking lot accidents may be able to file a claim for damages.

Getting Help From A Truck Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Clara Wiley. We encourage anyone that may have knowledge about what happened to come forward and speak with police officers. Investigators should also see if there is any video footage that may have captured the event. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to make this parking lot at Kmart safer in the future.

If you or  someone that you love has been injured or killed in a parking lot due to the negligence of another driver you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We have the staff and resources to investigate your case and find any hit-and-run driver that may have been involved. More than anything else, we are committed to getting our clients justice. Whether you just have questions about your case or are seeking legal counsel we’re here for you. You can always reach us at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Mod Bee. Semi might have run over woman found dead in Ceres parking lot, police say. October 17, 2018

  2. National Safety County. Parking Lots are Riskier Than You Think. 2018

  3. Michael M. Wechsler. Parking Lot Accidents: Fault and Liability. 2018

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