At about 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, a mother was killed and her daughter injured in a crash involving a Corvette in Bellflower. While speeding eastbound on Alondra Boulevard in a maroon Corvette, 39-year-old John Rice collided with a Nissan Pathfinder that was entering a parking lot, the impact ejecting the 49-year-old woman driving the vehicle and injuring her 20-year-old daughter. An 18-month-old girl was also in the vehicle but was not hurt. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Rice on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving.
“While the incidence of alcohol-related traffic deaths has been declining in the state, the annual death toll remains too high,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Bellflower accounted for 2 of the 390 fatalities and 426 of the 64,178 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol contributed to 204 traffic fatalities and 4,672 injuries. Statewide, alcohol-related fatalities decreased by 14.4 percent, from 924 in 2009 to 791 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the mother who was killed in the crash with the Corvette. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the daughter who was injured.
The Press-Telegram originally reported this fatal collision.
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