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Merced, CA – A pedestrian was killed in a collision with a police vehicle

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MERCED, CA – Merced Police Department reports that a Merced police officer struck a woman on Thursday night, killing her. It happened at 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of G St. and 15th St. An investigation is now underway by the California Highway Patrol. The woman was walking in the roadway as the patrol car was driving south on G Street in the 1400 block. “This is an extremely tragic scenario. Our condolences go out to all those involved,” said Lt. Daniel Dabney of Merced Police Department. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

This entire incident was captured on surveillance cameras at Lee’s Food Market across the street. The video shows someone falling to the ground after the patrol car passes through. The store clerk said there are a lot of homeless people who travel back and forth, and there is not enough lighting at this intersection.

The victim has not been identified by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office yet. Officer Chase Wilson was the driver, according to Lieutenant Dabney. He has been with the police department for five years and is currently on paid administrative leave. As part of the administrative investigation, Dabney said the city will look for policy violations.

The intersection of G St. and 15th St. does not have crosswalks. In response to the question of how officers operate patrol computers while driving, Lt. Dabney says, “There is definitely training involved with the officers in multitasking.”

Pedestrian Fatalities in California

Approximately 6,000 pedestrians die in traffic-related incidents annually across the country. Close to 15% of pedestrian deaths nationwide occur right here in California. Although legislators constantly work to shield pedestrians who share roads with drivers, they continue to be victimized daily. In many cases, pedestrians are struck by vehicles operated by distracted, impaired, and reckless drivers. 

You can be vigilant in obeying the law and protecting others around you on the road, Sadly, there is no promise that other drivers are going to take your safety into account while driving.

Any car accident can cause serious or fatal injuries for those involved. Pedestrians involved in accidents are at a greater risk of being injured since they are unprotected against the size and weight of the striking vehicle.

Merced Wrongful Death Attorneys

Although there are several treatment options available for victims, they come at an extraordinary cost. Many people are simply unable to afford the costs of care, which forces them to go without the assistance they need to recover. In some cases, victims can work with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Merced in the aftermath of their accidents to make sure they are in the best position possible to recover. 

Over the years, the Merced personal injury attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of people harmed in accidents get the justice and compensation they deserve. 

When our clients are injured as a result of another person’s actions, we provide aggressive legal representation to ensure they are able to get full and fair compensation to cover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and a variety of other damages they face moving forward. 

We provide aggressive legal representation to ensure our clients are able to protect their best interests and legal rights. If you have been injured in a preventable accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in California (888) 500-5000 to discuss legal options available for you.

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 Merced.  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 Merced 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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