Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Homeless Man Struck and Killed by Mini-Van

Crosswalks are made so that pedestrians can cross the streets safely. If they do not use these designated areas, they are in danger of being hit by moving or crossing vehicles.

This is exactly what happened to a 58-year-old homeless man who died after he was struck by a mini-van in Laguna Beach.

According to authorities, Charles Reginald Conwell, 58, was struck by the van driven by a 45-year-old woman, from Mission Viejo, while he was crossing the street outside of a designated crosswalk along the 1700 block of Laguna Canyon Road.

Authorities believed that the man was not using the marked crosswalk area when he was hit.

Conwell was brought to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach where he died later in the day. Meanwhile, no occupant of the mini-van was harmed in the incident.

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Although drivers are required to be cautious of pedestrians, vehicle accidents may still happen if the latter failed to use the designated crosswalks. Pedestrians can easily sustain severe or fatal injuries when they are hit by vehicles because their bodies are vulnerable to injuries caused by the massive impact and force of moving vehicles.