Shortly before midnight on Friday, April 26, 54-year-old Robert Washington, of Moreno Valley, was killed in a collision with a teen driver in Perris. While traveling westbound on 4th Street in a Ford Taurus, 18-year-old Jose Munoz veered into the opposing lane of traffic near Navajo Street, colliding head-on with the Mazda Protégé Washington was driving. Emergency responders transported Washington to an area hospital, where he later succumbed to the trauma he suffered. A female passenger in the Ford was seriously injured in the crash. Munoz sustained minor injuries. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.
“Families who lose loved ones to motor vehicle collisions may file wrongful death claims against the negligent drivers in order to hold them liable for their losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
In 2010, traffic accidents killed or injured 148 people in Perris, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 6 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. The OTS ranked Perris 10th out of 103 similarly sized cities for its incidence of such accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Robert Washington, the man who was killed in the collision with the teen driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Perris crash.
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