Mesa, AZ (July 22, 2019) – A pedestrian was critically injured after being struck by a car on Sunday night, July 21st.
According to officials, the man was struck near Mill Avenue and Southern Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Witnesses told police that the man was pushing an empty wheelchair across Mill Avenue when the car hit him.
Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian, identified as 32-year-old Hitesh Jani, contacted Tempe police after he left the scene of the accident and reported that he was involved in the wreck. Jani was arrested for failure to render aid at the scene of an injury accident.
The pedestrian has not been identified at this time and remains in stable but serious condition.
Jani was released from custody pending the conclusion of the investigation, though further charges may be pending.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and his family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
According to a 2018 report released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Arizona had the nation’s highest rate of pedestrian deaths. The Highway Safety Association’s research also showed that Arizona had a pedestrian death rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 people for the first six months of that year. Nearly 200 pedestrian deaths occurred across the state by the end of the year.
Pedestrian accidents can mean tragic consequences for the victims and their families, from astronomical medical costs to long-term injuries or even death. But victims can contact a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix for help, and in some cases, seek their fair compensation from a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Our wrongful death lawyers at ELG Law have years of experience in helping victims and their families get justice after an accident. Contact our vehicle accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free consultation for legal aid.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.
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