At 9:43 PM on 05/23/2015, the San Bernardino Police responded to a 911 call reporting a pedestrian struck by an auto in the 1100 block of W. 17th St. Officers arrived to find Bassan El Hassanieh, a 38 year old resident of San Bernardino, had stepped off the curb to get into his Chevy Equinox SUV that was parked on the street when an eastbound 2002 Audi struck the Chevy. El Hassanieh was thrown approximately 10 feet and came to rest in the driveway of the house next door. He suffered major head trauma and was transported to ARMC ER. where he passed. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the collision. [05242015 0455 SC]  If anyone has any information on this incident, contact Hafif & Associates.
Drive cautiously when pedestrians are near because they may suddenly cross your path. driver is to “yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.” However, a pedestrian also has a “duty to use due care for his or her safety, and may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.”

With summer here, people are out more. In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22 percent of all traffic fatalities, and in summer, children are the highest percentage injured.

If you know anyone involved in a pedestrian related incident, contact Hafif & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION.  (909) 291-2439.