Daily Pilot reporter Sara Peters reported that Jessica Hoke, 23, of San Diego was fatally injured when struck in the head by debris from a car accident on December 30, 2010. Jessica, who had recently graduated from UC Irvine, was at the corner of Sunflower and Stevens Avenue waiting to cross the street on her way to work at H&M at South Coast Plaza, when she was critically injured and died from her injuries three days later on December 3, 2010. The auto accident that caused her death happened when a17-year-old driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and struck two vehicles. Jessica’s uncle, David Hoke, said Jessica’s organs were donated through a transplant donor network called One Legacy and was quoted as saying “She was selfless. 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 sympathy goes out to Jessica’s family and friends.
Applicable California Law
Pursuant to California’s Code of Civil Procedure sections 377.60-377.62. Jessica’s heirs will have wrongful death claims against the teenage driver and the registered owner of his vehicle. Furthermore, her legal representative would have a “survivor action” claim in accordance with California Code of Civil Procedure sections 377.30-377.35 for those damages not covered by the wrongful death statute. As always, in cases resulting in death or catastrophic injuries the adequacy of the responsible parties assets and liability coverage are at issue.
A young woman tragically killed as a result of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Auto accidents, which cause serious brain injuries or wrongful death are catastrophic. However, conferring with an experienced personal injury attorney is a crucial step in the recovery process and obtaining justice for those injured.