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Valley, AL – Landscapers Killed in Pedestrian Crash on I-85

by | Jun 12, 2024 | Catastrophic Personal Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Valley, AL (June 12, 2024) – On Monday, June 10, two landscapers were killed after being hit by a motor vehicle in the Valley area. The deadly accident took place on Interstate 85, between mile markers 74 and 75 late that night. It was reported that three individuals were weed-eating along the cable wire on the interstate when they were struck by an oncoming motorist.

Emergency crews were rushed to the scene to provide the necessary aid. The driver, identified as 44-year-old Randall Shane Lankford of Valley, told officials that a semi-truck to his right entered his lane of travel, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Lankford hit the pedestrians, and two were pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased victims were later identified as 44-year-old Pablo Gutierrez Cruz and Lopez Perez. The third victim, Rumaldo Lopez Perez, was life-flighted from the scene to a hospital in Columbus. No updates on his condition are currently available. An ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident is being managed by local law enforcement officials.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Deadly Pedestrian Accidents in Alabama

Valley, AL - Landscapers Killed in Pedestrian Crash on I-85

Thousands of Americans choose to walk every day when they jog or walk along roadways to travel from one area to another. Unfortunately, a pedestrian accident can happen when a car or a cyclist strikes a pedestrian. Roadways, parking lots, and driveways are common locations for pedestrian accidents, regardless of whether the person is moving or not. These severe crashes cause bodily harm, expensive medical care, missed income, decreased earning potential, and a lower standard of living overall. In a recent year, there were 6,205 pedestrian fatalities reported nationwide making up 17 percent of all traffic-related deaths that year. In a recent year, there were 85,000 pedestrian injuries from automobile accidents, a nearly one percent increase from the year before. If someone close to you is killed in a pedestrian crash, you should consult a trained lawyer to pursue a wrongful death lawyer.

Losing a loved one in a pedestrian accident is always devastating. It is common knowledge that a large number of drivers choose to ignore pedestrians. When a deadly collision is caused by a reckless driver, the at-fault party should be held responsible. It might be difficult for bereaved family members to continue living their normal lives after a fatal crash, and the very thought of bringing a lawsuit may even seem too much to bear. You should start working on your case as soon as you can. A close relative or representative may pursue a wrongful death action to obtain damages following a fatal collision, per Alabama state law. Our skilled Valley wrongful death attorneys can support you during this trying time to make sure your case is handled properly. The legal team at Maloney-Lyons, LLC is prepared to get you the most out of your recovery. Contact our offices today at 251-225-6105 to get started on your claim with the help of a trained lawyer.