Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, a vehicle struck and killed 12-year-old pedestrian Shaylyn Anela Pinoliar in Delano. While traveling eastbound on Summer Drive in a Ford F-250 pickup truck, 26-year-old Blanca Felix Leon turned right onto Browning, hitting Pinolair as she traversed the crosswalk. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver’s negligence causes the death of a pedestrian, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Delano accounted for 2 of the 22 fatalities and 21 of the 237 injuries pedestrians suffered in accidents that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Pedestrian fatalities in the state increased 5.4 percent from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Shaylyn Anela Pinoliar, the young pedestrian who was struck and killed by the vehicle.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this Delano accident.
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