Just after 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, two passengers were killed in a crash in Fontana. While traveling southbound on North Riverside Avenue, a driver lost control of a 2009 Honda Civic near Sierra Avenue, entered northbound lanes, and was struck by a Ford Explorer. Twenty-four-year-old Pedro Almanza Jr. and seventeen-year-old Daniel Andrade were killed in the impact. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Honda and an occupant of the Ford to an area hospital. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When a crash proves fatal, the families of the victims may hold the driver at fault for the accident liable for their losses through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Fontana accounted for 2 of the 59 deaths and 255 of the 4,056 injuries suffered by motor vehicle passengers in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Fontana 47th out of 53 cities for the number of fatal and injury collisions that occurred there that year; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Pedro Almanza Jr. and Daniel Andrade, the two passengers killed in the crash.
The San Bernardino Sun originally reported this Fontana crash.
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