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Palm Desert, CA (February 29, 2020) – Authorities have identified the 52-year-old Rancho Mirage man who lost his life in a pedestrian crash in Palm Desert. The incident took place on Thursday, February 27th at the intersection of Dinah Shore Drive and Miriam Way.
According to reports, Kurt Scheel was in a crosswalk at the intersection. As he walked across the road, he was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban. Rescue workers rushed to the scene but were unable to save Scheel’s life. He was pronounced dead at the crash site by authorities.
The driver of the vehicle, a 34-year-old man from Palm Desert, remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators. Alcohol and drugs were ruled out as causes of the crash. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Police have not said whether any charges are expected.
We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to the family of Kurt Scheel.
California can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. Statistics indicate that our state is at or near the top for the number of fatal pedestrian crashes that take place annually. Over a period of several years, California has averaged about 1,000 pedestrian deaths per year.
Many pedestrian accidents are avoidable if not for the negligence of another motorist. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk or marked area, they are presumed to have the right of way to cross in most cases. When a crash occurs in a crosswalk, the victim may have a legal right to bring an action to recover for their injuries. In a California pedestrian crash, those injuries can be catastrophic and irreversible.
At The May Firm, our California pedestrian accident attorneys have years of experience assisting the victims of negligent drivers. We are here for you at any time. For a free consultation, please give us a call at (844) 629-3476.
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