Josh Gilliland Killed in University Heights Pedestrian Crash in San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA (July 28, 2023) – Josh Gilliland (47) of University Heights succumbed to his injuries in a University Heights pedestrian crash in San Diego. According to FOX5 San Diego, the crash occurred around 8:48 p.m. on June 8.
Josh Gilliland succumbed to his injuries in a University Heights pedestrian crash after being hit by a vehicle near the bus lane at 1800 El Cajon Boulevard.
Authorities confirmed the fatality of a University Heights pedestrian crash located just east of the east crosswalk at 1800 El Cajon Boulevard, where a man on foot fought for his life after being hit by a vehicle.
Police identified the victim as 47-year-old Josh Gilliland of University Heights. He incurred multiple injuries and underwent treatment in a local hospital before passing away on June 14.
The San Diego Police Department reported that the accident occurred when a vehicle traveling north on Park Boulevard made an eastbound turn onto El Cajon Boulevard and collided with Gilliland standing near the bus lane.
Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found the pedestrian unconscious with severe injuries, including a laceration to the back of the head, a right shoulder fracture, scattered brain bleeds, and minor abrasions.
Moreover, Scott Moore, Gilliland’s longtime companion, reported that Gilliland used to work every day for the past 21 years. The vehicle hit Gilliland while crossing the street, only three blocks from his workplace.
According to the Feltner Funeral Home, the victim was a Kansas native who graduated from Lyndon High School in 1995. After proudly attending KU as a Jayhawk, he relocated to San Diego in 2001, where he was a bartender at Cheers and made it his home until his passing.
He was a cherished member of the LGBTQIA+ community, and his memory continues to be cherished by them.
The SDPD is now searching for the involved vehicle, described as a dark-colored Honda Civic or BMW 3 series, that fled eastbound on El Cajon Boulevard after the accident.
Anyone with information about this University Heights pedestrian crash may call SDPD or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
J&M Tip: Drivers are responsible for ensuring the safety of all individuals on the road. Even if a pedestrian crosses the street unlawfully, drivers may still face liability for the accident, contingent upon the specific circumstances.
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More About Pedestrian Accident Liability
Pedestrians usually get major injuries in pedestrian accidents. Sometimes, they can even cause death. When it comes to liability, it can fall on the pedestrian or driver based on various factors of the accident. Proving liability can become vague or obvious. The process generally involves finding out who acted carelessly, causing the accident. Any Los Angeles personal injury or accident lawyer will tell you that you need to show the following to prove negligence and liability:
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In some cases, the driver might’ve sped down the road, hitting the pedestrian. This can put fault on the driver. Meanwhile, pedestrians can get hit by a car because they acted against traffic signals, such as jaywalking. In these instances, the pedestrian can become at fault. Other factors, such as lack of road markings and ample lighting, can also lead to pedestrian accidents. In these cases, a pedestrian accident lawyer can help look at all angles to determine liability. Learn more about pedestrian accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in San Diego
In this case, the family members of Josh Gilliland can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
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Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Josh Gilliland.
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