It has been a rough week for pedestrians in Cathedral City. In rather strange fashion, two pedestrians have been struck by two separate vehicles twice in one week. The first, Teodoro Torres, was struck on Wednesday, October 22 at around 9:00 pm. The second, a still unidentified female, was struck on October 28, around 7:00 pm.
Each incident began with a hit and run driver striking the pedestrian.
Mr. Torres was struck by what is believed to be a black Lincoln Navigator with large chrome rims on Ramon Road while crossing South to North. After he was hit, a Good Samaritan stopped to try to aid Torres and waved down a passing vehicle for help. The vehicle that happened to pass by was an ambulance transporting another hit and run victim who was hit while riding his bike on Ramon Road. Unfortunately, the Cathedral City ambulance did not stop and actually hit Torres instead. The California Highway Patrol is now investigating the collision involving the fire department ambulance.
Torres was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. His family made the decision to remove his life support when they were told there was no chance for improvement.
The female pedestrian hit on Tuesday the 28th was walking at the intersection of Date Palm Drive and Olancha Road, North of Dinah Shore Drive. She was hit by one vehicle, then while lying injured on the ground, was hit again. The first driver fled the scene, and the vehicle type is not known at this time. The driver of the second vehicle did stop and waited for police to arrive.
The victim is listed in critical condition with multiple fractures to her arms and legs as well as major trauma to her face.
The Cathedral City Police Department is investigating the incidents and would like anyone with more information to contact them either at crime stoppers at 760-341-STOP, or the department itself at 760-770-0303.
These accidents are two very strange examples of what can happen to pedestrians when it is dark outside. Walking outside past 6:00 pm can be very dangerous, especially in areas where there is poor lighting, or if you are wearing dark clothing. With the clocks set to change this weekend, it will begin to get darker even earlier. It is important to take precautions when walking at night, or in the early morning. Do not assume cars will see you.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, it is important to have someone fighting for your rights so you can focus on healing. Contact an attorney to help ease the already difficult situation you will be facing.