Lance Cpl. Zackery Johnston, 21, was the victim of a fatal pedestrian accident when a car hit him and a fellow Marine as they crossed Interstate 5 near Harbor Drive in Oceanside, California, near Camp Pendleton, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Just before midnight, Johnston and Lance Cpl. Rory Sackinger attempted to cross the highway in front of the entrance to Camp Pendleton, when a 2009 Nissan Altima Sedan hit both Marines. California Highway Patrol officers and fire personnel pronounced Zackery Johnston dead at the scene.
There were also pedestrian injuries in this tragedy. The other marine, Sackinger, was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. He is in critical condition. Johnston and Sackinger met in the Marines and became close friends. Johnston graduated from Concord High School in 2009 and shipped off to boot camp in July that year. He had been stationed at Camp Pendleton since October 2009.
Johnston was scheduled to deploy for Afghanistan in January 2012 as a light artillery mechanic with the 1st Maintenance Battalion. He had volunteered for deployments and was excited to go, his father said. “He wanted to be in there with the Marines. He wanted to protect people. That makes me real proud.”
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were 4,092 fatalities in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2009 in the U.S.. That’s about eleven pedestrians dying every day. While the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 5,228 in 1998 to 4,092 in 2009, there were 59,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2009, that nearly one injury every 9 minutes.
Pedestrian injuries have been on a downward trend for the past two decades, with 59,000 reported injuries in 2009 representing a decrease of 10,000 reported injuries since 1998. However, the number could be much larger as only a fraction of pedestrian crashes that cause injury are ever recorded by the police.
Pedestrian Laws Los Angeles
Pedestrian laws are designed to protect civilians from negligent drivers, and a majority of cases are automatically resolved in the pedestrian’s favor strictly due to the fact that most of the burden is placed on the car driver to be vigilant and safe.
Contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Los Angeles
If you, or someone you love, has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, please call 877-702-7274 to speak an expert accident attorney. Do not delay, the longer you wait, the more you place your case in jeopardy. Contact one of our pedestrian accident lawyers to fight for you.
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