At about 3:35 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, 69-year-old Juan Velazquez, of San Jacinto, was killed and 39-year-old Refugio Garcia, 38-year-old Blanca Garcia, and three minors were injured in a crash near Lake Mathews. While traveling on Cajalco Road in a 2007 Toyota Yaris, Velazquez veered into the opposing lane of traffic east of Gavilan Road, colliding head-on with a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado. Velazquez was pronounced dead at the scene. Refugio, the driver of the Chevrolet, and two teenage female passengers, ages 13 and 14, suffered major trauma and were transported to area hospitals. Blanca Garcia, also a passenger in the Chevrolet, and a 15-year-old boy in the Toyota sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“State law ensures recourse through the civil justice system for those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the victims or their families will file personal injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent driver.”
Throughout Riverside County, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,417 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Crashes occurring between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. accounted for 1,076 of the fatalities and injuries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Juan Velazquez, the motorist who was killed in the crash near Lake Mathews. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Refugio Garcia, Blanca Garcia, and the three minors who were injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this collision.
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