At about 6:25 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, a 2012 Jeep Wrangler struck and killed 74-year-old pedestrian Maximina Leyva in Ontario. The accident occurred near the intersection of Holt Boulevard and Miramonte Avenue. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a pedestrian is killed in a traffic accident caused by the negligence of a driver, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Ontario accounted for 1 of the 33 fatalities and 43 of the 409 injuries suffered by pedestrians in accidents 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 Ontario 35th out of 53 cities of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents involving pedestrians aged 65 or older; 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 Maximina Leyva, the woman who was struck and killed.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Ontario accident.
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