Pinole, California – A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle in Pinole on Friday night, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The fatal pedestrian accident happened on Highway 4 near the Laurel Road exit at about 9:20 p.m. May 8.
The authorities said a 29-year-old Pinole man was walking in the area when he was hit by a car driven by a 23-year-old woman from Bethel Island.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office. The identity of the victim was not immediately disclosed.
The driver told the police the pedestrian appeared in her path and she was unable to avoid hitting him. She suffered serious injuries and was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
Two passengers in the car were unhurt.
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.