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UPDATE: Richard Lane Killed In Modesto Hit-And-Run Car Accident In Salvation Army Parking Lot on Yosemite Boulevard


Jun 7, 2019

Richard Lane Modesto: Homeless Veteran Richard Lane Killed In Modesto Hit-And-Run Car Accident In Salvation Army Parking Lot on Yosemite Boulevard

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (June 7, 2019) – A homeless veteran identified as Richard Lane has died weeks after he was involved in a hit-and-run car accident in a salvation army parking lot on Yosemite Boulevard. 

Richard Lane was a homeless Air Force veteran and was eating dinner when he was hit by a car in the Salvation Army parking lot. The 51-year-old driver suspected of hitting him has finally been arrested. 

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help Richard Lane. He was rushed to the hospital with major injuries and died 29 days later. 

The family of the victim spoke with him before he died. He told them that he would like to see justice. “He was a good, kind, loving man and he didn’t deserve this,” his sister told reporters. 

There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident. 

Accidents In Parking Lots

According to the National Safety Council, “Parking lots are riskier than you think. Tens of thousands of crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. And, around the holidays, parking lots become even more dangerous.” There are a number of steps that drivers should take in order to stay safe in parking lots:

  • Stay in your lane and avoid cutting lanes
  • Drive slowly and use turns signals
  • Obey stop signs 
  • Look for pedestrians and other vehicles when backing out 
  • Be mindful of small children and pedestrians walking

Far too often drivers become distracted by their phones or their GPS systems. Parking lots can be particularly dangerous in the early morning hours and at night. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be multiple forms of liability for any car accident in a parking lot. 

Liability In Parking Lot Accidents

Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles according to the prevailing conditions. 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.” For example, drivers should slow down in parking lots and be extra vigilant for pedestrians. 

Drivers that fail to keep an eye out for pedestrians and cause accidents may face civil liability in the event of a crash. But driver’s may not always be solely to blame. A company could face civil liability if their parking lot was in a dangerous condition and this contributed to an accident:

  • A parking lot may be poorly lit
  • A parking lot may lack adequate signs to prevent accidents
  • A parking lot could have dangerous blind spots 

The family of any person that is injured in a parking lot accident may have legal recourse. They may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Getting Help A Pedestrian Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Richard Lane as they are going through such a difficult time. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the Modesto police department as they continue their investigation. There needs to be justice in the wake of this tragedy. 

If you or someone that you love has been involved in a pedestrian accident 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 get the justice and support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into your case we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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