[Ontario, CA] – Michael Mejia Sr. Dies after being Struck by Semi Truck on Interstate 10
Michael Mejia Sr. Dies in Pedestrian Mishap on 10 Freeway in Ontario
December 2, 2020 – Michael Mejia Sr., age 59, was killed on Tuesday morning around 5:30 A.M. Moreover, the man from Gardena died after being hit by a semi-truck in an accident on Interstate 10.
Initially, Mr. Mejia Sr. Was walking along the lanes of the 10 Freeway, just west of N Etwinda Avenue. Then he was run over by a semi-truck.
As a result, the Ontario Fire Department sent paramedics to respond to the 911 call. However, the victim died due to major injuries despite their best efforts to save him.
The truck driver told authorities he couldn’t stop his truck when the pedestrian reportedly ran out into traffic lanes. Still, the CHP report did not make it clear if there were any other witnesses to the accident.
Additionally, it is still not known why Mr. Mejia Sr. was on the freeway to begin with. Subsequently, he was seen walking on the right shoulder between the fog line right before the accident.
Finally, response officials closed the No. 4 lane of the westbound 10 Freeway for several hours to investigate.
Subsequently, at some point in the day everyone is a pedestrian.
Still, the goal is to increase awareness about pedestrian safety.
Also, it is to remind drivers and pedestrians that staying safe is a shared responsibility.
Unfortunately, after the end of Daylight-Saving Time, the nights are getting longer.
As a result, the risks for pedestrians increase.
Statistically, from September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.
Remember, that things like drugs and alcohol, or distraction not only affect a person’s ability to drive.
Similarly, they affect a person’s ability to walk safely.
Here are some other tips for drivers and pedestrians:
5 Walking Safety Tips
- Stay on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is not one available, then walk facing traffic. Moreover, make sure you are as far from traffic as possible.
- Always stay alert; do not be distracted by phones or texting that take your eye off the road.
- Importantly, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Additionally, drivers expect pedestrians to look for cars in all directions. Jaywalking is illegal in some areas, and you could be fined.
- Wear bright clothing during the day. Also, wear reflective clothing or materials at night. Furthermore, never assume a driver sees you. If possible, make eye contact with drivers as they approach. As a result, this will ensure that you are seen.
- Pay attention for cars entering or exiting driveways. Moreover, look for vehicles backing up in parking lots as well.
5 Driving Safety Tips
- Watch out for pedestrians everywhere. Additionally, make sure you always do this. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions. Subsequently, this includes nighttime or harsh weather.
- Always, slow down and be ready to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk. Furthermore, never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. As, there may be people crossing that you cannot see.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Also, stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity. As a result, they will be able to see and stop for the crossing pedestrians.
- Obey posted speed limits. Especially, around people on the street. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in areas where children are present.
- Be extra cautious when backing up. Often, pedestrians can move into your path when you least expect it.
To the family and friends of Michael Mejia Sr., we at Salkow Law firm cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.