On the morning of Saturday, February 23, a 73-year-old woman from Shafter was killed in a crash with a teen driver near Bakersfield. While traveling westbound on China Grade Loop in a 2001 Toyota 4Runner, 17-year-old Aubrey James Walker veered into the opposing lane of traffic and collided with a 2000 GMC Sierra, the impact sending it off the road and down a dirt embankment. Emergency responders transported the driver to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“After a fatal collision, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
In 2010, 1,343 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Bakersfield, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Thirty-three of the crashes that resulted in death or injury involved a driver under the age of 21 years, with Bakersfield ranking 1st out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of crashes involving drivers in this age group; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman from Shafter who was killed in the crash with the teen driver.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this collision.
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