79-Year-Old Man Fatally Struck in Pedestrian Accident near Highway 198

HANFORD, CA (January 27, 2022) – A pedestrian crash on 12th Avenue claimed the life of 79-year-old William Odam Thursday evening.

The collision happened on 12th Avenue near Glendale Avenue, just north of Highway 198. Crews responded to the scene around 6:15 p.m.

According to the investigators, Odam was crossing the street at 12th Avenue. There, a passing motorcyclist nearly struck Odam before another approaching vehicle hit the victim.

Paramedics immediately responded and despite life-saving efforts, pronounced Odam dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the driver stayed at the scene to cooperate with the authorities.

Moreover, both directions of the roadway shutdown for cleanup and preliminary investigations. Although, the road has since reopened to traffic.

At this time, an active investigation is still currently underway. Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James sends their warm and sincerest sympathies out to the friends and family of William Odam. May the memories of your loved one give you strength in the days ahead.


The sudden loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident is an extremely difficult time for the surviving family. At Sweet James, they understand that legal decisions have to be made. They are here to provide you with unmatched legal representation during this trying time. They will fight to hold the responsible party accountable and help you receive compensation to pay for the high costs of the medical, funeral, and legal expenses. Call their office today at (800) 975-3435. Need help after hours? Reach out to us by online chat, email, or text message. Moreover, click here to request a police report.

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