A California woman is dead after being struck by a commercial truck. The 37-year-old victim died after a San Diego Gas & Electric truck struck her at about 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, according to official reports. Investigators speculate that the woman was chasing a child who had darted in front of the oncoming vehicle.
The accident occurred when the 55-year-old driver of the commercial truck turned from an alley onto the larger surface road. It does not appear that the man was speeding. Witnesses said the woman was likely trying to grab a young child who had run into the roadway. The driver could have been blinded by the morning sun, according to investigators. SDG&E is cooperating with investigators in the matter.
The fatal accident left the victim pinned beneath the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. A group of bystanders worked together to lift the vehicle off of the victim, but the damage was done. The woman was pronounced dead at the UCSD Medical Center after being transported by ambulance. Two girls, ages 4 and 5, also suffered minor injuries in the incident. Investigators are not sure whether those girls fell or were also hit by the vehicle.
Both the driver and the utility company may come under fire in civil court for negligence. The driver may be held accountable if he failed to respond appropriately to the situation. The company may be responsible for hiring unskilled or unqualified drivers; however, it is not known at this time whether this was the case. The surviving children may benefit from financial compensation for medical expenses and funeral expenses provided by those corporate entities. A California personal injury attorney may be able to assist these young victims and their other relatives.
Source: CBS8.com, "Woman hit and killed by SDG&E truck in Shelltown" Angelique Lizarde and Phil Blauer, Jan. 22, 2014