At about 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 74-year-old Robert Domenigoni, of Winchester, was killed in a crash in the foothills east of Hemet. While traveling at an unsafe speed on a muddy U.S. Forest Service road near Valle Vista in a Jeep Cherokee, 80-year-old William Rohrbacher failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road and crash 100 feet down an embankment, where it came to a stop in a ravine. Domenigoni, a passenger in the Jeep, was killed in the crash. Rohrbacher sustained moderate trauma and was airlifted to an area hospital. The California Highway Patrol has not yet determined the charges he will face.
“When a driver causes a crash that results in the death of a passenger, the family of the victim may hold the driver civilly liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 454 people in Hemet in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Speed was a contributing factor to 69 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with Hemet ranking 24th out of 103 cities of a similar size for its incidence of speed-related accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Domenigoni, the passenger who was killed in the crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hemet accident.
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