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Ventura Teen Struck by Car

By Renee Nordstrand on March 5, 2010

17-year-old Candice Fulcher was struck and critically injured by a vehicle while running across an intersection to catch a school bus on Thursday, the Ventura County Star reports.

According to witnesses, Fulcher, of Ventura, was crossing north Telephone Road in a crosswalk against a red light when a car driven by 24-year-old Monique Rodriguez, also of Ventura, struck her.  Rodriguez was not cited for the crash and was fully cooperative with authorities.  Fulcher is currently being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

One witness to the incident noted that he often sees students crossing the same intersection against a red light in order to catch the school bus on Petit Avenue, highlighting an area in which school district and city officials may need to improve student safety and facilitate discussion on student bus stops.

I wish the victim a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

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Two Car Accidents in Oxnard Claim the Lives of Four People

By Renee Nordstrand on November 12, 2009

Two Oxnard car accidents killed four people Tuesday night, the Ventura County Star reports.

The first incident, which occurred when a vehicle carrying three passengers spun out of control and struck the center median and a palm tree, trapped the driver and passengers inside the car.  All three passengers died at the scene and the driver remains in critical condition as of this morning at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.Oxnard,

The second incident involved a 73-year-old pedestrian who attempted to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk and was struck by a car.  The pedestrian later died at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the cause of both of the crashes.  In each incident, there are many unanswered questions that could help determine the cause of the accident.  For instance, did alcohol, drugs, or the use of a cell phone play a role in either incident?  Recent studies have shown that the cause of one-third of car accidents today is distracted drivers.  Oftentimes, cell phone calls or text messaging are the sources of such distraction that can result in deadly accidents.  Other questions to ask are whether there were hazardous road conditions or construction that prevented the drivers from safely operating their vehicles, whether all traffic signals and streetlights were working properly (both accidents occurred after dusk) and whether there where any maintenance problems with either car that hindered the drivers from safely operating their vehicles.  In the case of the pedestrian-car accident, another question to ask is whether or not the pedestrian was hindered from safely crossing the street due to any of the previous circumstances.

As these questions begin to be answered by police investigators, I offer my sympathies and wishes to the families of those victims who tragically lost their lives.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of a car accident and you believe someone else may be responsible for causing the accident, please contact an Oxnard injury attorney today for a free consultation.


Family of Santa Ana Hit and Run Victim Seeks Answers, Asks Driver to Come Forward

By Renee Nordstrand on October 30, 2009

The driver who struck and killed a Santa Ana wife and mother as she crossed the street at a marked crosswalk remains on the loose today as the woman’s family pleads for him to come forward, the Orange County Register reports.

Zhen Huang, 48, was struck in the crosswalk and dragged for 15 feet by a light blue pick up truck that was turning left onto the street she was crossing, Magnolia Avenue.  Huang was less than a block away from her home when she was hit.  Investigators have determined that the truck was traveling at approximately 25 m.p.h, and may have been trying to beat a yellow light before it turned red.  Authorities believe the driver was a male, whose truck had a work rack in its bed.  If you have information regarding this accident, please call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 866-TIP-OCSD.

I offer my support and wishes for the Huang family as well as the OCSD as they continue their investigation, and I hope the individual that caused this terrible incident is found and held fully liable for his actions.

When a loved one dies because of the negligent actions of another person, family members need experienced and compassionate wrongful death attorneys who can protect their legal rights, pursue compensation, and guide families in recovering from their loss so that they can move forward with their lives.  If you find yourself in this situation, call Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand today for a free consultation.