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Modesto, CA – Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Burney & 16th St

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Modesto, CA (July 9, 2021) – A fatal pedestrian accident occurred in Modesto on the evening of July 4. A male suspect is currently in police custody after he allegedly struck a person with his car and ended their life on Sunday. Authorities believe the man was under the influence at the time.

According to reports, the victim was lighting fireworks in the area of Burney and 16th Street. The collision occurred at approximately 11:00 PM, according to officials. Paramedics and police arrived at the scene to find the man suffering from major injuries.

Medical professionals pronounce the victim deceased at the site of the crash. His name has not been released at this time. 

The suspect was identified as Jesus Lemus, a 34-year-old Modesto resident. He reportedly fled the scene immediately after the accident took place. However, various sources state that he called the police a short while after the wreck took place to turn himself in.

 Lemus now faces several charges in relation to the incident. Nothing further has been reported at this time.

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Police in Modesto continue to investigate.

California Pedestrian Accidents

Over 900 people lose their lives every single year due to pedestrian accidents in California. The number of fatal pedestrian accidents in the Golden State has drastically increased over the past decade. This is probably because more people are deciding to travel on foot rather than in a vehicle. Although there are numerous safety measures in place to protect pedestrians, people continue to sustain injuries and lose their lives due to these accidents. In fact, the pedestrian fatality rate in California is currently 25% higher than the national average. 

Oftentimes, pedestrians are hit by vehicles that are being operated by impaired, distracted, and reckless drivers. No matter how vigilant we are and trying to protect others who are sharing the road with us, unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that other drivers are going to present us with the same courtesy. Consequently, numerous people become fatally injured in pedestrian accidents in California. Many of these collisions could’ve been prevented. Fatal accidents often have a devastating and overwhelming impact on families who are left to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Surviving family members often endure extreme pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, PTSD, and other difficult consequences. When victims are killed in auto accidents as a result of another person’s actions, it is crucial that their families contact a wrongful death attorney in California as soon as possible. Surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the costs they face moving forward after enduring an unexpected loss.

Working with a knowledgeable legal team can improve your chances of recovering after enduring the unexpected loss of a loved one. California pedestrian accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have extensive experience helping families recover after losing loved ones in preventable accidents. Unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims are filed in civil court by surviving relatives to recover compensation to alleviate the costs of funeral arrangements, recover lost wages, and obtain compensation for various other economic and non-economic losses. If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in California at your earliest convenience by calling (888) 500-5000 to discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Stockton.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Stockton and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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