Elderly man dies during attempt to cross Highway 70

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A car accident can be something very traumatic to an individual. But when a pedestrian accident occurs, the driver may feel even more awful for the events that have occurred, regardless of whether she or he could have controlled the situation. That is what happened after the recent death of a 77-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old woman.

According to reports, the 50-year-old woman was driving to her job at a gas station. She was traveling on Highway 70 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, when she looked down at her console, according to her husband. Her husband, who did not want to be named when interviewed by a media outlet, said she looked down for a second and looked back up to find the 77-year-old man in the path of her vehicle.

The impact occurred and the man, who was trying to cross the highway, was killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near Porter Drive. According to a family member of the deceased, the man was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. A neighbor that lived near the man on Hacienda Avenue for more than a decade said that the 77-year-old enjoyed walking around the neighborhood. He added that he had never seen the elderly man on the freeway before.

In addition, the neighbor commented on how nice the man was and how sad it was that he was suddenly gone.

Reports indicate that the woman that struck the man called emergency services immediately after striking him. The husband said that both sides - he and his wife as well as the family of the deceased - are struggling with the accident. It was something that occurred and both parties will have to continue living their lives with the memory of this incident.

Currently, there have been no citations issued to the 50-year-old woman. It is not clear whether she will be held accountable in the crash.

Source: KFOX, "Man, 77, dies crossing Highway 70 in Las Cruces," Jamel E. Valencia and Samantha Manning, Oct. 23, 2012