A pedestrian was killed in Los Banos, California, the evening of Friday, March 6th. The man who was identified as a 30-year-old male was hit by Delbert Dean Green, the driver of a semi-truck, on Interstate 5.
The unidentified victim was struck down by the tractor-trailer at about 4:35 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the interstate, precisely near Whitworth Road. First responders took the deceased to Doctor’s Medical Center, Modesto.
The efforts of the doctors to save the pedestrian proved futile as he passed away at the hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, and so far, there’s no evidence of impairment of the driver.
The CHP has not cited Green for any negligence, and for now, there is no charge against him. A vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident is a common occurrence in California and the United States.
Statistics have shown that about 6,227 people die in the US from vehicles knocking down pedestrians. The fatality rate of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident has increased in recent years and continues to climb.
The common cause of vehicle-versus-pedestrian crashes is negligence on the side of both drivers and pedestrians. California Vehicle Code provides that motorists owe a duty of care to other road users and should give right of way to pedestrians.
Drivers should slow down at intersections, obey stop signs, and drive within the speed limit in residential, school, and business districts where there are crosswalks. Pedestrians, on the other hand, should only cross the road at crosswalks, and stay away from the edge of the sidewalks.