At about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 16-year-old Billi Oliver and 17-year-old Dustin Lyle were killed in a crash in Magalia in which speed may have been a contributing factor. Sixteen-year-old Amber West entered a curve on South Park Drive near Shaw Circle while traveling approximately 20 miles per hour above the speed limit and lost control of her 2003 Acura. The vehicle slammed into a utility pole and a tree and then rolled over. Lyle and Oliver, both passengers of the Acura, suffered fatal trauma. West sustained moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the negligent driver liable for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Butte County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 12 passengers and injured another 358 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Speed was a contributing factor to 251 fatal and 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 families of Billi Oliver and Dustin Lyle, the two passengers killed in the crash.
KRCRTV.com originally reported this Magalia accident.
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