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Santa Barbara Man Struck and Killed by Motorist

By Renee Nordstrand on May 18, 2010

A Santa Barbara man was struck by a car and killed on Saturday evening, the Santa Barbara Independent reports.   The accident occurred at State and Islay Streets around 8:30 pm.  The victim, who was homeless and whose identity has yet to be released, was crossing the intersection of State and Islay Streets as Javier Castillo, 23, proceeded northbound on State Street in a 2004 Mazda RX-8. Castillo told investigators he believed the man was going to make it across the intersection on foot before he reached it by vehicle; however, he miscalculated and struck the victim. 

The victim sustained a broken leg and chest wounds before passing away from his injuries at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. 

According to police, witnesses have substantiated Castillo’s account of how the incident occurred, and to date no criminal charges have been filed against him.  The investigation is still ongoing, however, and any witnesses to the accident should contact Officer Mark Hunt at (805) 897-3719.


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Garden Grove Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Car

By Renee Nordstrand on May 7, 2010

A man was killed Wednesday afternoon following a pedestrian to car accident on Ward Street in Garden Grove, the Orange County Register reports. 

According to the article, the pedestrian was crossing a marked crosswalk at approximately 4 pm when a car traveling northbound on Ward Street failed to stop at the cross walk and struck the unidentified pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident. 

Police state that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in causing the accident, however, gave few additional details as to how the incident occurred. 

If you have been the victim in a pedestrian to car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Contact skilled personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation and to learn how Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand will fight for your legal rights.

Thirteen Year old Pedestrian Struck and Killed By Car on the PCH

By Renee Nordstrand on April 14, 2010

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials are continuing to search for witnesses to a fatal car to pedestrian accident on the Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday.  According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane was walking northbound on the right side of the Pacific Coast Highway near Kanan Dume Road when she was struck and killed by a car driven by Sina Khankhanian, 26.

Authorities believe Khankhanian may have purposefully crashed his vehicle, although he did not intend to strike the victim. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has information may call the investigating Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.

This article does not give many details on how the accident occurred.  Many questions arise from the lack of information, such as whether the driver was distracted, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or facing road conditions that may have caused him to swerve suddenly.  As the Sheriff’s Department continues their investigation, some of these details may come to light and help piece together why this terrible accident occurred.

If you have lost a loved one in a car to pedestrian accident, please contact wrongful death and car accident attorneys who can answer your questions and explain your legal rights.

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.

Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand has successfully handled numerous cases involving pedestrians and motor vehicles.  If a car has injured you as a pedestrian, please contact experienced personal injury attorneys today to discuss your legal options.  We offer free consultations and there are no legal fees to pay unless you win.

Bail Set in Fatal San Diego Hit and Run

By Renee Nordstrand on February 15, 2010

Bail has been set for $2 million in the case of a fatal San Diego hit and run, the San Diego Tribune reports.  The defendant, Tiffany St Ives, is accused of striking and killing 17-year-old Marlene Resendiz in 2007, as Resendiz crossed East Grand Avenue near Rose Street on foot.  After striking the victim, St. Ives drove for 400 yards with the victim on the hood of her car.  After the victim fell off of her car, St Ives continued driving and did not stop, allegedly going to great lengths to hide guilt through secret car repairs. Since this incident, St Ives has been involved in four other traffic collisions.

St Ives has pleaded not guilty to hit and run driving with death, which carries a sentence of up to four years in prison.

The Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand represents wrongful death victims and their families in civil court.  Our wrongful death cases include car accidents, bike accidents, train accidents, and dangerous property conditions.   If you have lost a loved on to any of these conditions, please contact experienced and aggressive wrongful death attorneys who will fight for the fullest and fairest compensation possible.

Metrolink Officials Partner with Law Enforcement to Cut Down on Pedestrian and Motorist Traffic Violations on Train Tracks

By Renee Nordstrand on November 5, 2009

Metrolink teamed up with several Orange County Law Enforcement organizations this morning to conduct a widespread traffic citation sweep as part of the California Operation Lifesaver Program, the Orange County Register reports.

Operation Lifesaver is a national non-profit program with individual chapters in many states whose goals are education, enforcement and engineering of California’s rail-crossing stops, according to the California Operation Lifesaver website.  The program often gives presentations to school groups and emergency responder organizations in addition to aiding law enforcement in conducting traffic sweeps.   In this morning’s sweep, 233 citations were issued and six people were arrested for violating rail-crossing laws.

One of the most common ways that pedestrians break the law and put themselves at risk is by crossing train tracks as a short cut.  This is especially dangerous because trains cannot stop quickly, and the noise emitted from a train is often heard to the side of the train tracks, not to the front.  Motorists too are at risk, when they try to beat the flashing lights that signal an approaching train.

The problem of pedestrian-train and motorist-train collisions can be reduced by taking the safety precautions (and following the law) that Operation Lifesaver and Orange County law enforcement promoted today by their sweep.  Please protect yourself and your loved ones by avoiding the use of train tracks as a short cut on foot and by stopping behind the flashing rail crossing lights as soon as they start to flash when driving.

Sometimes safe, law-abiding pedestrians and motorists still find themselves the victims of serious train accidents.   Train accidents have a higher likelihood of resulting in serious injuries than car accidents due to their sheer size and weight.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a train accident and believe that another party is responsible, please contact experienced personal injury attorneys who understand how train accidents can disrupt and damage your life and fight aggressively to recover the maximum compensation that you need to move on.

Sixth Grader Hit by a Car on His Way to Class

By Renee Nordstrand on September 25, 2009

A sixth grade student at Medea Creek School in Oak Park was hit by a car on his way to class on Tuesday, according to the Ventura County Star.  The eleven-year-old boy was hit only 300 yards away from campus as he exited his mother’s vehicle.

The driver who hit him was traveling at approximately 20 miles per hour when the boy got out of his mother’s vehicle and stepped in front of the driver, who swerved and narrowly avoided hitting him head-on, instead hitting the boy with the passenger side mirror.

The boy was in the intensive-care unit at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles as of Tuesday night.

This young boy’s family would do well to contact a California Personal Injury attorney who can help his family determine if he’s entitled to monetary compensation for his medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Ventura Teen at Fault in Crash that Kills Woman, Dog

By Renee Nordstrand on September 16, 2009

A sixteen-year-old Ventura resident was determined to be at fault after he struck and killed a sixty-year-old woman, Susan Herman, and her dog on August 24 on Shoreline Drive.

Ms. Herman, who investigators believe was in the crosswalk when she was hit, died shortly after the accident at the hospital. Her dog was killed instantly.  While the boy was traveling at a low rate of speed at 25 m.p.h, police believe inattention contributed to the crash.

Reactions to the police’s determination that the boy was at fault have been mixed. Some local residents have raised questions regarding the visibility of the cross walk sign on Shoreline Drive, near Surfer’s Point, expressing concerns that the cross walk is on a curved road and is not clearly identified.

For others, the situation leads to questions on the legal driving age.  Some feel sixteen-year-olds aren’t ready to take on the roads on their own, and would like this situation to further the push for an older age of eighteen for driver’s license eligibility.

New Jersey, the only state which issues licenses at age 17, has consistently lower rates of teens killed in crashes than other states which issues licenses at 15.5 or 16.

According to, California had 524 accidents involving teenagers aged 16 to 18 last year.

While no legislation has been passed to raise the California driving age, California is leading the way in banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.  Further, California does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to drive between midnight and 5 a.m.

In the aftermath of a tragedy such as this, we offer our heartfelt thoughts to the families of both Susan Herman and the boy who hit her.

Five Caltrans Workers Injured by Car

By Renee Nordstrand on September 10, 2009

Two Caltrans employees and three Caltrans probationers have been hospitalized for serious injuries after a car swerved onto the shoulder of the freeway where they were working this morning, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

There is still no word on why the car went onto the freeway shoulder.

 According to, In 2005, 71 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred on major roads, including interstates and freeways.