At about 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th, a pickup truck struck and killed a mother and injured a child and grandmother in Covina. While traveling on San Bernardino Road, the truck collided with a vehicle that was turning left onto Vincent Avenue, the impact sending the truck into a family standing on the corner of the intersection. The young mother was pronounced dead at the scene, while paramedics transported her mother and child to a nearby hospital. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver’s negligence causes an accident resulting in the death or injury of others, the driver may be legally obligated to compensate the victims or their families,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Covina accounted for none of the 177 fatalities and 16 of the 5,215 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Comparing the crash statistics of 98 cities with populations ranging in size from 25,001 to 50,000, the California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Covina 22nd for pedestrian accidents in 2009, which is below average considering that 1st place is the worst ranking a city can receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the mother who was struck and killed by the truck on Saturday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the child and the grandmother who were injured in the crash.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Covina accident.
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