Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11th, passenger Ruben Terriquez was killed in a street racing accident in Riverside. While racing another vehicle, reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph in excess of the residential limit on Mitchell Avenue, an intoxicated 18-year-old Jesus Gamez hit a dip in the road and lost control of his Ford Mustang, crashing into a parked 2005 Honda at Norwood Avenue and then a utility pole. After firefighters extricated the two men from the wreckage, they were transported to a local hospital, where Terriquez succumbed to his injuries. Gamez received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and, upon his release, was arrested on suspicion of several offenses, including vehicular manslaughter. The Major Accident Investigation Team remained at the scene of the collision for 12 hours investigating.
“Gathering evidence immediately after an accident is crucial to any investigation,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and, ultimately, to determining its cause.”
Riverside County accounted for 172 of the 2,373 fatalities and 10,963 of the 207,651 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in California in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, there were 2,573 fatal and injury collisions to which speed was a contributing factor.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ruben Terriquez, the passenger who was killed in the street racing accident last Sunday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside collision.
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