Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 25th, a Dodge pickup truck struck and killed 37-year-old pedestrian Carmen Pineda in Riverside. The accident occurred on Arlington Avenue near Fairhaven Drive when a black truck veered into the opposing lane of traffic, causing the Dodge to swerve off the road to avoid a collision and strike Pineda, who was walking on the shoulder of the road. Paramedics transported her to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries. Authorities are searching for the black truck and its driver, who did not stop to administer aid at the scene. Witnesses or anyone with information about this accident have been asked to call Detective Ken Madsen at 951-826-8723.
“Failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20004,” explains California-based personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “Violators face up to four years in prison or $10,000 in fines, or both.”
In Riverside County 40 pedestrians lost their lives and 395 suffered injuries in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area ranked 5th most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians in Transportation for America’s 2011 report Dangerous by Design. Throughout the state, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased by 15.4 percent from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2012.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Carmen Pineda, the pedestrian who was struck and killed by the truck on February 24th.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal Riverside accident.
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