Shortly after noon on Friday, February 1, a vehicle struck and killed 41-year-old Monserrat Mendez and seriously injured a toddler in the Torrey Highlands community of San Diego. The driver of a blue Toyota 4Runner ran a red light at the intersection of Camino del Sur and Via Verrazzano, striking Mendez as she pushed a 13-month-old boy in a stroller through the marked crosswalk. The impact threw Mendez approximately 30 feet. She suffered major trauma and was taken to an area hospital, where she later died. The baby, who was pinned under the vehicle, sustained serious injuries and was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver’s negligence results in an accident causing injury or death, the victims or their families may hold the driver liable for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 992 pedestrians in San Diego County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Children under the age of 15 accounted for 150 of the fatal and injury pedestrian accidents. The OTS ranked San Diego 11th out of 58 counties for its incidence of crashes causing harm or death to pedestrians; 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 Monserrat Mendez. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the toddler who was seriously injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Torrey Highlands accident.
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