Monterey, CA – On August 14, Joy Judd, a 76-year-old woman from Monterey, was killed while crossing the street at the intersection of Pacific Street and Madison Street. Before the end of the month, two other pedestrians were also struck by vehicles near the same Monterey intersection.
Judd’s son, William Harder, and other members of her family have hired Dunnion Law, a prominent California personal injury law firm in Monterey, to pursue a wrongful death claim. With three incidents in as many weeks, determining whether adequate safety precautions were taken for pedestrians - as a contributory factor in her death - may be part of the firm’s investigation according to Connell Dunnion, Esq. and Principal of Dunnion Law.
The other two accidents involved a 14-year-old student and a third pedestrian, whose accident was previously reported by the Monterey Police Dept. The student was struck just south of Pacific Street, near Logan Lane as she was crossing Pacific Street on August 20. She was quickly life-flighted to a San Jose trauma center after the accident. Ten days later, on the afternoon of August 30, a third pedestrian was struck about a block north on Pacific Street and Jefferson Street.
Though the later two pedestrian-vehicle collisions resulted in serious injuries to both pedestrians, Judd’s injuries were fatal. Martin Sanchez Nunez, the driver of the vehicle that struck Judd, continued driving onto Pacific Street after Judd had already been struck. Despite the Monterey Fire Department and Monterey Police Department coming immediately, Judd died at the scene.
According to the police report, Judd was walking eastward on the southwest crosswalk of Pacific and Madison at about 9 a.m. on August 14. Nunez, who was turning right to travel south onto Pacific Street, failed to see Judd who had the green light and was walking east on the crosswalk. After striking Judd, Nunez pulled onto Pacific Street, then stopped. Police on scene took his information and report of the accident.
A roadside memorial has been placed on Pacific Street to memorialize Judd, and mark the place of the incident to alert drivers of the pedestrians walking along this highly-trafficked area. Monterey Police Department is also cautioning pedestrians to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN for traffic, before crossing any street.
If you have information, or witnessed, this accident, please contact Dunnion Law at 831.373.8034, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.