At about 9:41 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24th, 18-year-old Jerry Garcia, of Moreno Valley, was killed in a rollover crash in Riverside. Garcia was a passenger in a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am that veered off of the northbound lanes of the 215 Freeway, slammed into a tree, and overturned. Paramedics transported Garcia to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
“When a passenger suffers fatal trauma in a collision, his or her family may seek compensation for their loss from the driver responsible for the accident,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of Riverside accounted for 23 of the 172 fatalities and 1,950 of the 10,963 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents throughout the county in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, 3,081 vehicle occupants lost their lives in crashes that year, 11.9 percent more than in 2010, when 2,715 fatalities were recorded.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jerry Garcia, the passenger who was killed in the rollover crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside accident.
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