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UPDATE: Delia Huerta Killed In Valley Glen Car Accident On West Vanowen Street


Sep 18, 2019

Delia Huerta Valley Glen: School Crossing Guard Delia Huerta Killed, Teenage Girl Injured In Valley Glen Car Accident On West Vanowen Street

VALLEY GLEN, CALIFORNIA (September 18, 2019) –  A Los Angeles crossing guard identified as Delia Huerta was tragically killed in a car accident by West Vanowen Street.

Los Angeles police are saying that Delia Huerta of Sun Valley was helping a student cross the road when they were both hit around 7:20 a.m. The driver that hit the victims remained at the scene and cooperated with police. 

He told police that he couldn’t see the victims because the sun was in his eyes. Local residents are saying that the intersection can be difficult to cross. 

Paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help both victims. The young girl was transported to the hospital, but is expected to survive her injuries. 

Delia Huerta was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Around 10 hours later she died due due her injuries. LADOT released a statement following the tragic collision. “Delia Huerta Arrearan helped countless children and families get to and from school every day as a member of our crossing guard program since 2006 and will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.”

An investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Car Accidents

All drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicle according to the prevailing conditions 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.” Here are just a few of the reasons that pedestrian accidents take place: 

  • Driver Distraction
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding 
  • Intoxication

According to the California DMV, “When driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Also, if the school grounds have no fence and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph. Some school zones may have speed limits as low as 15 mph.” Car accidents inside of school zones are not always solely the fault of drivers. 

Depending on the facts of any case a city may be liable for a car accident. Cities have a legal responsibility to design, construct and maintain roads that are in a reasonably safe condition. According to California Government Code 830.8, “Nothing in this section exonerates a public entity or public employee from liability for injury proximately caused by such failure if a signal, sign, marking or device (other than one described in Section 830.4) was necessary to warn of a dangerous condition which endangered 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.”

The family of any person that died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include  the victim’s children, spouse, parents or siblings. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case for free and let you know what your legal options are. 

Investigating A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Delia Huerta. It is our sincere that the student who was will make a full recovery. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Los Angeles Police Department. Measures should be put in place to make this intersection safer. 

Have you or someone that you care about 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 answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about the law we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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