Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1st, 48-year-old Gregory Kirwin, of Banning, was killed in a rear-end collision in Highland. While traveling eastbound on Interstate 210 in a Cal Fire 2005 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, 48-year-old Unit Chief Timothy McClelland crashed into the back of Kirwin’s red 2001 Ford Focus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ford was also involved in a collision with a silver 2003 Chevrolet Impala; however, authorities have not determined which accident occurred first. The driver of the Impala, Kenneth Bietz, and McClelland sustained minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and has requested that witnesses call 909-428-5400.
“After a fatal crash, an investigation will be conducted to determine which party was negligent,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “and the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against that party.”
Highland accounted for none of the 192 fatalities and 113 of the 10,983 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, the incidence of traffic fatalities decreased by 10.3 percent in the state, from 3,434 to 3,081-the lowest level recorded since the federal government began tracking such information in 1975.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Gregory Kirwin, the man who was killed in the rear-end collision.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Highland accident.
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