At about 9 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 61-year-old Michelle Guess, of Walla Walla, Washington, was seriously injured in a DUI crash in Cathedral City. While traveling southbound in the 34-500 block of Cathedral Canyon Drive in a GMC Sierra truck, 30-year-old Tranquilino Dominguez rear-ended a Nissan Altima, the impact causing Guess, a backset passenger, to suffer major trauma. She was taken to an area hospital. Two other female occupants of the Nissan were not hurt. Dominguez’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit when measured after the accident, and authorities suspect that he may have been speeding prior to slamming into the Nissan. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“When a passenger is injured in a collision, the negligent driver may be responsible for compensating the passenger for the cost of his or her recovery,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Cathedral City accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 149 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Cathedral City 73rd out of 103 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Michelle Guess, the passenger who was injured in the DUI crash.
Mydesert.com originally reported this Cathedral City collision.
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