At about 1:22 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, a wrong-way driver caused a deadly head-on collision in Beaumont. Twenty-three-year-old Francisco Hernandez fled the scene of an accident in a 2012 Toyota TC, heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10. About a half-mile east of Brookside Avenue, Hernandez crashed into a 2004 GMC Sierra pickup, the impact causing the truck to burst into flames. The driver, a 45-year-old man from Beaumont, was killed in the crash, as was Hernandez. A third person was seriously injured. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal motor vehicle collision, the families of the victims may hold the negligent party liable through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Fifty of the collisions that occurred in Beaumont in 2010 resulted in injury or death, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011-which was still one of the lowest levels since the government began recording traffic fatalities in 1975.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two men who were killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Beaumont accident.
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