Daily Pilot reporter Sara Peters reported that 23-year-old San Diego native Jessica Hoke was killed when she was struck in the head by debris from a car accident on December 30 ,2010 at around 8 a.m.. Jessica, a recent graduate from UC Irvine, was waiting to cross the street at Sunflower and Stevens Avenue to go to work at H&M at South Coast Plaza, when she was struck and died from her injuries three days later on December 3, 2010. The auto accident was caused when the unnamed 17-year-old driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and struck two vehicles. According to her uncle, David Hoke, Jessica’s organs were donated through One Legacy, a transplant donor network and was quoted as saying “She was selfless,” he said. “She always worked at making people better, which was something she was good at … she wasn’t pushy about it, but she had a real gentle way of encouraging people to be their best.”
Our condolences go out to Jessica’s family and friends.
Applicable California Law
Jessica’s heirs will have wrongful death claims against the teenage driver and the registered owner of his vehicle pursuant to the wrongful death section of California’s Code of Civil Procedure sections 377.60-377.62. In addition, her legal representative could pursue a “survivor action” in accordance with California Code of Civil Procedure sections 377.30-377.35 for damages not covered the wrongful death statute. Hopefully the responsible parties carry sufficient liability coverage. If not hopefully Jessica heirs have the benefit of adequate uninsured/underinsured coverage to attempt to obtain justice for their tragic loss.
A young life lost by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Auto accidents resulting in wrongful death or serious brain injuries are catastrophic as no amount of money can replace a loved one or bring back the quality of life one enjoyed before a serious accident. However, conferring with an experienced personal injury attorney is a crucial step in the recovery process.