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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.


Elderly Bicyclist Hit and Killed by Pick Up Truck

By Renee Nordstrand on October 22, 2009

An 80-year-old Placentia resident was struck and killed by a pick up truck while riding her bicycle in a Yorba Linda crosswalk Wednesday evening, the Orange County Register reports.

Edelgard Owens was attempting to cross Propsect Avenue’s crosswalk on bike at about 5:40 p.m., when a Chevrolet pick up truck turning left onto Prospect struck the bicyclist, who was later pronounced dead at Placentia-Linda Community Hospital.

The driver, initially suspected for driving under the influence of alcohol, was released from police custody after police determined she was not drunk.

Many questions remain about this accident as police continue their investigation.  Why did the driver not see the bicyclist?  Was she distracted by a phone call, text message, or conversation with a passenger?  Investigators are seeking to answer these questions so that Ms. Owen’s family can take the next appropriate steps.

In situations such as this, the legal expertise and knowledge of wrongful death attorneys will help families of deceased victims receive monetary compensation.  We will hold the responsible parties fully liable and ensure that your concerns and needs are met effectively.


Is Your Child’s Safety Threatened by Backyard Swing sets?

By Renee Nordstrand on September 15, 2009

From the Santa Barbara News-Press

Recent concerns have arisen regarding the safety of background playground equipment following the death of 4-year-old Wesley Cowan on his home play structure.  According to Scott Burton, President of Safety Play Inc., 61 children have reported injuries due to a faulty play ground structure design since 1990.   Burton believes many others are injured who never report their incidents to hospitals or the government.

In the dangerous design that concerns Burton, as well growing numbers of other parents, swings and other types of equipment are located under the monkey bars, so that if a child falls from the monkey bars they risk hitting the hard equipment.

A new design standard has been implemented as of July, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission has yet to issue a warning about old play structures that hold the flawed design.

If you have a backyard play structure purchased prior to July 2009, you can prevent injuries by ensuring that there isn’t any hard equipment located under the monkey bars.  If you’ve been a victim of the faulty playground design, you should contact a Santa Barbara child injury lawyer, as you may be entitled to legal compensation.


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