Shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 19-year-old Jorge Luis Salazar was killed in a fiery collision with a tanker truck in Hesperia. While traveling south on Eleventh Avenue in a 1998 Mitsubishi, Salazar was struck by the blue 2007 Peterbilt truck tractor at Bear Valley Road, the impact causing an explosion that burned most of the 9,000 gallons of gasoline within its two trailers and preventing witnesses from helping Salazar escape from the wreckage. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was injured in the accident. Three blocks of Bear Valley Road were closed for nine hours while the debris was cleared and the crash investigated.
“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California truck accident attorney James Ballidis.
Hesperia accounted for 5 of the 180 fatalities and 349 of the 11,050 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Large trucks were involved in 24 of the fatal and 425 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jorge Luis Salazar, the teenager who was killed in the fiery collision with the tanker truck.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this collision.
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