Costa Mesa, CA (August 9, 2020) – A 77-year-old man, identified as Carlos Romo of Newport Beach, was struck and killed by a motor vehicle on Friday night, August 7th. The fatal collision was reported at the intersection of 17th Street and Irvine Avenue on the border between Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

According to the Costa Mesa Police Department, Romo was walking near the intersection when he was struck by an unspecified vehicle at approximately 8:34 p.m. First responders arrived at the scene and the severely injured victim was transported to Orange County Global Medical Center. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene to cooperate with authorities and there has been no word on whether or not that person will be facing any charges. Authorities are continuing to investigate the events that led to this incident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Carlos Romo at this time.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa, CA – Carlos Romo Struck & Killed by Car at 17th St & Irvine Ave

In 2014 alone, officials responded to fatal traffic collisions involving 753 pedestrians who were killed by vehicles all across California. An increase of 26% was reported four years later as the number surged to 893 victims in 2018. Pedestrian accidents in Costa Mesa, as well as all areas throughout Southern California, are at least partially responsible for these numbers. Approximately 7,500 pedestrians were struck and killed by cars all around the state between 2009 and 2018, resulting in a fatality rate of 25% above the U.S. average. Altogether, pedestrians only account for about 14% of all traffic accidents, however, they tend to make up at least 50% of all car collision-related deaths.

The reason why pedestrians account for more deaths though only a fraction of collisions is due to the complete vulnerability of the victim, as well as the role of reckless drivers. Negligent actions such as distracted driving, DUI, and speeding are among the top causes of catastrophic auto-pedestrian accidents. Another cause is the actions of criminal parties who intentionally strike victims for the sole purpose of inflicting harm. Losing a loved one in an unexpected collision that could have been avoided is one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can imagine, and it is essential for bereaved loved ones to fully understand that they likely have substantial rights during such a difficult time.

Serious accidents don’t only cause physical and emotional pain but also leave victims and surviving families with the immensely high costs of hospitalization, as well as continued medical treatment such as physical therapy in many cases, or funeral expenses. When a reckless or criminal party has caused the suffering of another person, that party must be held fully accountable for compensating the victims or bereaved loved ones. An aggressive pedestrian accident attorney in Orange County will go after the responsible party and help guide you along the frequently complicated road to financial restitution.

Our capable Orange County wrongful death attorneys at Beckerman Anderson recognize the incredibly sensitive nature of a sudden accident. We are entirely devoted to representing those who have unfairly suffered by absolutely no fault of their own. If you have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a family member due to an auto-pedestrian collision caused a reckless party, don’t hesitate to contact our Orange County pedestrian accident attorneys today at (949) 474-2254.

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Disclaimer: As members of our local community, we at Beckerman Anderson, strive to draw awareness to the dangers that are related to driving and provide overall safety information for our community members. We are always saddened when we learn about a serious injury accident in our area and hope that through awareness, drivers in our community will take the necessary precautions to avoid such accidents. The information provided in these posts should not be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. This story is not a solicitation for business. The photographs used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.