Fatal Fresno Pedestrian Accident Kills Little Girl 

An 8-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle on Friday night in Fresno. 

The deadly accident occurred on November 12th around 10 p.m. on Friant Road, per CHP. 

According to reports, the girl walked directly into the path of a Toyota Rav4 that was driving northbound. 

The driver of the vehicle was an 82-year-old man and he told police he was unable to avoid the girl. There was also heavy fog conditions which could have impacted the crash. 

Reports also stated that the girl had exited an SUV prior to being hit due to a domestic violence dispute between the female driver and male passenger.

51-year-old Juan Del Toro was arrested on a domestic violence charge and the female driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. 

In addition, there was a 2-year-old girl in the SUV. 

The collision remains under investigation. 

According to statistics, there was a 26% increase in pedestrian deaths in California from 2014-2018.

California’s pedestrian fatality rate is about 25% higher than the national average. 

Tips for pedestrians: 

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid distractions (use of headphones, cell phone) 
  • Obey traffic laws & signals
  • Always use crosswalk

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits. 

It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident. 

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