A tragic accident claimed the life of a pedestrian in San Mateo on November 24, 2012. The victim has since been identified as San Mateo resident Reynaldo Aguiniga. Mr. Aguiniga was standing in the vicinity of a bus stop on the 1700 block of South Delaware Street in San Mateo, California when the accident occurred.
According to published reports, a Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway and slammed into a cement garbage can. The garbage can violently launched into the air and struck Mr. Aguiniga. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and immediately transported Mr. Aguiniga to an area hospital. Tragically, he was unable to recover from his severe injuries. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Anguiniga’s family in their time of immense grief.
A San Mateo Police Department Spokesman indicated that the driver of the Camaro had stopped briefly to inspect his vehicle for damage and then quickly fled the scene. Eye witnesses were able to provide a partial description of the vehicle’s license plate which led San Mateo Police detectives to the residence of the at-fault driver. San Mateo resident Josue Lopez was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
The circumstances surrounding this terrible accident may be unusual however the dangers facing Bay Area pedestrians are far too common. Many types of negligent driver behaviors can lead to fatal and severe pedestrian accidents. Some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents include: driver inattentiveness, driver confusion, intoxication, unsafe intersections and aggressive driving.
If you or a loved one have experienced a pedestrian accident call the office of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP. Our experienced legal team will provide you with a free consultation and help explain your rights. We are committed to fighting for the rights of pedestrians. Our dedicated trial attorneys have a successful record of standing up to big insurance companies, making negligent drivers pay and getting pedestrians and their families the compensation they deserve.