GARDEN GROVE (December 27, 2013) – Leonard Christian was fatally struck by an SUV on Friday night as he was attempting to cross the street in his wheelchair.
The accident happened at 11:15 p.m. on Chapman Avenue, west of Debbie Lane. The 55 year old was declared dead at the scene from the impact. The driver of the SUV has been identified as 43 year old Juan Lopez of Santa Ana. Lopez was driving a black Ford SUV and remained on scene to talk to investigators.
While early reports place Christian outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians do have the right of way even when not in a crosswalk as they can be in an unmarked crosswalk. Further investigation will reveal the circumstances behind this fatal accident. Christian’s family may have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver who struck and killed him.