At about 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th, a 17-year-old girl was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident in San Bernardino. While skateboarding across the intersection of 31st and E streets, the girl was struck by a motorcyclist on a Japanese sports bike who, according to witnesses, was traveling between 65 and 70 mph. The rider did not stop to administer aid and, consequently, may face felony hit-and-run charges. Authorities are searching for the motorcyclist.
“California law requires vehicle operators to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in severe injury or death,” explained a California personal injury attorney. “Hit-and-run drivers or riders face fines, imprisonment, or both.”
The city of San Bernardino accounted for 3 of the 39 fatalities and 98 of the 472 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in the county in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run crashes claimed 185 lives and injured 20,260 people in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the 17-year-old girl who was seriously injured by the motorcyclist while skateboarding a full recovery.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Bernardino pedestrian accident.
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