A freak set of circumstances led to an unfortunate accident that killed a pedestrian in Phoenix recently. The pedestrian was simply standing at the corner of an intersection when the wreck occurred. A car was trying to make a left turn at the intersection when it was struck by another vehicle. It is unclear which vehicle eventually hit the pedestrian, but the wreck spilled onto the sidewalk and hit the 37-year-old man.

Sadly, this type of story — “pedestrian killed in motor vehicle accident” — is far too common, even if the details of this one are a bit more bizarre than the usual wrecks. That doesn’t make it acceptable though, nor should it make the incident any less sad.

The police will investigate the wreck in an attempt to try and figure out who hit the pedestrian and what, exactly, happened during the failed left turn. Was the turning vehicle at fault? Did that driver jump out in front of traffic when he or she shouldn’t have? Was it an illegal turn? Or was the other driver more at fault for the crash? Did he or she lose focus for a moment and, upon taking a glance back up at the road, see that a car was turning right in front of them?

Depending on the answers to these questions, there could be a legitimate wrongful death case to be made by the pedestrian’s family. Proven negligence or reckless driving on the part of either driver would make them liable for the results of the accident.

Source: azfamily.com, “Bystander killed in NE Phoenix car accident identified,” Tami Hoey, Dec. 31, 2013