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55-Year-Old Male Pedestrian Killed in Pond, Wallace Rd Crash in Delano

Bakersfield, CA – On the morning of Thursday, March 14, 2024, a 55-year-old man was killed while walking along Pond Road in Delano when he stepped into traffic, according to KBAK.

Around 6:38 AM, officers of the California Highway Patrol were called to the crash site on Pond Road near Wallace Road. Investigations indicate that the 55-year-old man walked in front of a westbound Nissan Sentra being driven by a 36-year-old Delano man.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pedestrian Fatalities and Wrongful Death Claims

Motorists are required to exercise an additional “duty of care” towards pedestrians due to their heightened vulnerability in car accidents, which more often result in pedestrian fatalities.

In cases where a driver is found responsible for a pedestrian fatality, the victim’s family may have grounds to initiate a wrongful death claim through the driver’s insurance provider. Compensation from a wrongful death claim can help cover medical costs, burial expenses, and the financial support lost by dependents of the deceased.

Should the driver escape justice, compensation may be available from a family member’s uninsured driver coverage. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help determine what the best options are.

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