At about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, an errant tire struck and killed 40-year-old motorist Souraya Sourayanezhed, of Pasadena, on Highway 99 near Bakersfield. The tire detached from a trailer a pickup was hauling on the northbound side of the road and flew into the windshield of Sourayanezhed’s Jeep Wrangler, which was traveling southbound at the time. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her parents, who were occupants of the Jeep, suffered minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal accident, the negligent party may be held liable for the loss suffered by the family of the victim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family will pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Bakersfield accounted for 16 of the 87 fatalities and 1,442 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of traffic fatalities in the state decreased by 11.9 percent from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,715 in 2010-the lowest level recorded since the federal government began tracking traffic fatalities in 1975.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Souraya Sourayanezhed, the motorist killed by the errant tire.
The Pasadena Star-News originally reported this Bakersfield crash.
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