Shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, a vehicle struck and fatally injured 75-year-old pedestrian Richard Cabrera in Hemet. While traveling eastbound on Florida Avenue, the driver of a minivan hit Cabrera as he traversed a crosswalk at the intersection with Thompson Street. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal accident that is attributable to the negligence of a motorist, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to receive compensation for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Hemet accounted for 1 of the 31 fatalities and 34 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Pedestrian fatalities increased 3.9 percent, from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Richard Cabrera, the man whom the van struck and fatally injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hemet pedestrian accident.
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