At about 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 45-year-old Jeffrey Bart Cantrell, of Bakersfield, was killed in a collision in Shafter. While traveling westbound on Fresno Avenue in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado, 23-year-old Cody Wayne Wurster ran a stop sign at Beech Avenue and was struck by a northbound 2002 Dodge Ram. Cantrell, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders airlifted Wurster to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Twenty-nine-year-old Joshua Kimball, the driver of the Dodge, sustained moderate injuries and was also hospitalized.
“When a passenger is fatally injured in a crash, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Shafter accounted for none of the 87 fatalities and 70 of the 4,278 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic signals and signs were a collision factor in 112 of the fatal and 12,799 of the injury collisions that occurred in the state that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jeffrey Bart Cantrell, the passenger killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Cody Wayne Wurster and Joshua Kimball.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this Shafter crash.
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