Shortly before 7 a.m. on Monday, April 22, Oscar Ibarra ran a stop sign in Oakdale, killing a 42-year-old male motorist from Turlock. While traveling northbound on Bentley Road in a 2011 Jeep Compass, Ibarra failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection with Claribel Road and struck the driver side of a Toyota Corolla heading westbound on Claribel that had the right-of-way. The driver of the Toyota was killed in the impact. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were contributing factors and are investigating the accident.
“When a driver’s negligence causes a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Stanislaus County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 3,493 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident data of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Stanislaus ranked 18th for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the motorist who was killed in the collision caused by the driver who ran the stop sign.
KCRA.com originally reported this Oakdale crash.
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