A horrific pedestrian accident turned a family outing into an unimaginable tragedy. The accident occurred in Walnut Creek on September 8th at approximately 6:15 p.m. According to published reports, a pickup truck was driving southbound on Main Street in the vicinity of Interstate 680 when it veered off the road onto the sidewalk. The truck struck two members of a family that were walking on an adjacent sidewalk. A group of employees and guests at a nearby Marriot Hotel witnessed the shocking accident unfold.
Tragically, one of the victims
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have identified her as 52-year-old Sherry Hicks of Santa
Barbara, California. Mrs. Hicks and her
husband had reportedly travelled to Walnut Creek to visit their son and his new
wife who was expecting her first child. Sadly,
the wife was also severely injured in the accident. She was transported to John Muir Medical
Center and is reportedly in critical condition.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers remain with
the family in their time of immense grief and suffering.
driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 53-year-old Walnut Creek
resident Hossein Tabrizi. After being
treated for injuries, Tabrizi was arrested on suspicion of vehicular
manslaughter. Authorities are
investigating whether drugs, alcohol, or excessive speeding contributed to this
tragic accident. Recent news reports
have indicated that Tabrizi had two previous arrests for driving under the
The lives and safety of pedestrians are put at risk every time a driver is
negligent, reckless or careless behind the wheel. As demonstrated by this accident, a
negligently operated vehicle is a lethal weapon capable of tearing apart a family
in an instant. The dedicated trial lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP are committed to standing up for victims
of pedestrian accidents and their families.
We are sickened by the prevalence
of avoidable pedestrian accidents in the Bay Area. When the safety of pedestrians is put at
risk, we fight on behalf of victims and make negligent drivers pay for the harm
they cause. If you or a loved one have
been injured in a traumatic pedestrian accident call our office today for a
free consultation with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers.