At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 18-year-old Kayla Lizama-Pierson was killed in a crash in Yuba City. While negotiating a curve on the Garden Highway, 18-year-old Natalie P. Boutilier lost control of the Honda Civic she was driving, causing the car to leave the roadway and slam into a tree in a walnut orchard. Wet road conditions may have contributed to the accident. Authorities are investigating; however, they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
“After a fatal motor vehicle accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries through the personal injury claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that there is a loss of life, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the driver.”
Yuba City accounted for none of the 11 fatalities and 342 of the 568 injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Sutter County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Highway Patrol compares the traffic data of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Yuba City ranked 14th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its number of fatal and injury crashes.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kayla Lizama-Pierson, the passenger killed in the crash.
The Sacramento Bee originally reported this collision.
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