On Sunday, September 30, a cyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Corona. The cyclist was riding in a crosswalk southbound on Grand Avenue on the west side of Garretson Avenue when an Acura Integra driven by 64-year-old Simitrio Martinez struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that witnesses, or anyone with information, contact Corona police traffic investigator Clark Eveland at 951-817-5764.
“When a person is fatally injured in a traffic accident, the at-fault party may be legally obligated to compensate the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Corona accounted for none of the 8 fatalities and 20 of the 334 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents 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 compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Corona ranked 47th out of 53 cities for bicyclist safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the cyclist who was killed in the collision with the vehicle.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Corona crash.
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