Blythe Woman Dies in Early Morning Pedestrian Crash
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A Blythe woman was killed Monday after she was struck on I-10 near Coachella. Authorities pronounced 39-year-old Maria Alvarado dead at 3:49 a.m. Police received reports of the fatal crash around 3:20 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a Chrysler 200 traveling in the eastbound lane about two miles east of Dillon Road struck Alvarado. The driver, a 57-year-old from Lake Havasu City, called in the crash. He remained at the scene for the investigation.

Why was Blythe Woman Walking on I-10?

Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol contributed to the fatal crash. However, they are unsure why the Blythe woman was on the interstate. She does not appear to have been driving, as no stopped vehicle was found in the area. Police shut down all eastbound I-10 lanes while they investigated. They reopened around 6 a.m.

Coachella Pedestrian Safety Grant Receives Approval

This crash is the second pedestrian fatality this year in the Coachella Valley. Last year, the area experienced 29 pedestrian deaths, making it the deadliest year for pedestrians since 2005. The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) presented their proposal to put a $10 million grant toward road projects that would improve pedestrian safety throughout the area. Committee members approved the plan last month. Last week, the CVAG executive committee approved the proposal. Coachella Valley cities now need to propose their projects for the grant by May 1.

“We are so glad the committee voted to approve the grant. Our area is in desperate need of safety improvements to protect pedestrians,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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