San Jose, California – An 82-year-old woman succumbed to injuries she sustained in a pedestrian accident that happened last week Wednesday in San Jose.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened in the area of South 11th and East St. James streets at about 4:50 p.m. on March 11.
The authorities said a blue Honda Civic had been traveling northbound through the intersection when it reversed and struck the woman at the intersection.
The woman sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital where she died on Monday.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office withheld the identity of the woman pending notification of her next of kin.
The motorist fled the scene and was yet to be located.
No additional information was provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.