Reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, December 16, a crash involving a 1981 Jeep killed a 22-year-old male driver and seriously injured a female passenger in El Cajon. While traveling westbound on La Cresta Road, the driver veered off the road, crashing into a drainage ditch and some boulders. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the passenger to an area hospital to receive treatment for life-threatening trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“Passengers who are injured in collisions may hold the at-fault driver liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a passenger does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
In El Cajon, collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 624 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked El Cajon 28th 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 offer our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed in the Jeep crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passenger who was seriously injured.
www.10news.com originally reported this El Cajon crash.
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