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Elderly pedestrian dies after falling in Galveston

According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the older a person gets, the more likely they are to die if injured in a fall. A fall, from which a 32-year-old could recover, might put an 80-year-old in a wheelchair permanently.

A 92-year-old Galveston pedestrian suffered head injuries, and succumbed to them less than one week later. The man's head injuries were the result of a fall which occurred when he was either struck by a bus, or when he fell trying to avoid getting struck by the bus.

The bus was a tourist transportation bus run by the San Luis Resort. The bus driver was turning from northbound 23rd Street onto westbound Avenue O when the man fell. The bus driver reportedly did not know that he struck anyone, but returned to the scene of the accident when he learned about it. How he learned about the accident was not mentioned.

The accident occurred at about 7:00 p.m. so daylight visibility should not have been an issue. An elderly witness gave a slightly confusing statement indicating that the bus struck the man but apparently she was shaken up by witnessing the accident.

Although head trauma was mentioned, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Alcohol or drugs are not suspected as causes of the bus and pedestrian accident.

Whether or not the bus driver is liable for the death of the 92-year-old may depend upon testimony of the elderly witness, and an accident investigation and perhaps the autopsy results.

Should the bus accident turn out to be the cause of the 92-year-old's death, his surviving family members may be able to hold the bus driver or the resort liable for the man's wrongful death.

Source: Daily News, "Pedestrian possibly hit by isle bus dies," Chris Paschenko, June 13, 2012

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