Kerrie Johnson Struck and Killed by Car on Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA (July 31, 2020) – On Tuesday, 48-year-old Kerrie Johnson was struck and killed in a crash on Pacific Coast Highway.
The fatal accident happened at about around 8:30 p.m. on July 21 near the intersection of Winding Way West and PCH.
The area is close to two famous tourist destinations, which are the trailhead to Escondido Falls and Paradise Cove Beach.
The coroner’s office ruled out Johnson’s death as an accident. Their department spokesperson did not confirm Johnson’s city of residence. Also, Malibu’s Sheriff Station did not give further information as to whether they are investigating the crash.
The incident happened a day after six cars got involved in two separate collisions on PCH.
At 7:25 p.m. on July 20, a two-vehicle crash occurred near Kanan Dume Road with no one hospitalized. While the second collision was at 8:22 p.m. involving four vehicles.
The second incident was just four miles away from the first accident. Paramedics transported one injured person to a hospital in unknown condition.
Dangers of Accident Prone Area
27-year-old Lori Gray is one neighbor who said she is frustrated about the dangerous situation at the intersection.
“I just got back from hiking and all I could do was think of the dangers/tragedies and how out-of-control this situation is,” she wrote in an email sent to neighbors and shared with The Malibu Times. “I don’t think anyone who doesn’t live on Winding Way is really aware of the dangers those of us face when trying to drive down the street, and the dangers facing the thousands of people strolling up our very Winding Way to access the Escondido Canyon trailhead.”
She mentioned she believes at least five fatalities happened at nearly the same location on PCH.
After one fatal PCH crash involving a 16-year-old, Gray said she was instrumental in getting Caltrans to place an eastbound left-turn lane close to Paradise Cove. Caltrans is the department in charge of the highway’s infrastructure.
Moreover, Gray mentioned some of the fatal accidents that happened close to the intersection of PCH and Winding Way include:
In 2010, 74-year-old Amelia Ordona, a home healthcare worker, was hit and killed by a vehicle as she crossed Pacific Coast Highway to get to her bus stop.
In December 2017, 28-year-old Juan Castillo died when the alleged car thief in a police pursuit crashed and took his life. He was putting out garbage cans near the road when he was struck.
Also, Johnson said that in December 2018, 29-year-old motorcyclist Seann Patrick Flynn of Los Angeles was killed by a garbage truck.
Something Has to Be Done
Although, the latest traffic research done did not say PCH intersection as one of the most dangerous in Malibu. Conditions appear to have changed since that study was done.
As social media brings tons of visitors out to Escondido Falls and Paradise Cove Beach, visitors now park along PCH for miles.
“My husband, Larry, and I truly support public access and take great pleasure in seeing families out in nature, but not when it comes to risking lives to get here.” “We have thousands coming here, and the numbers and accidents just keep growing. How many more people have to die or get seriously injured before something is done? I don’t have the answers but hope the experts will come to our aid.” says Gray.
We at Sweet Lawyers express our condolences to the bereaved of Kerrie Johnson. Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief.
Dealing With Fatal Accidents
While the loss of a dear one is irreversible, it is in the best interest of you and your family to be aware of what to do next. It is crucial that the family of Kerrie Johnson becomes aware that they have the right to file a wrongful death suit.
A wrongful death suit allows families to acquire some semblance of justice.
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