At about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 68-year-old Robert Blackman Jr. and a 39-year-old female passenger in his Saturn were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Riverside. While traveling westbound on 14th Street in a Chevrolet truck, 31-year-old Alex Ralph Garcia ran a stoplight at Sedgwick Avenue and collided with Blackman’s Saturn as he turned left from 14th Street. Garcia fled on foot, leaving behind an injured female passenger in the Chevy truck and the occupants of the Saturn. The female passenger of the Saturn died at the scene. Blackman was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. Garcia turned himself into authorities just before 11 a.m. on Monday and was arrested on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.
“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been apprehended, the families of the victims may hold the driver liable for the expenses associated with their losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,316 people in Riverside in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in traffic accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Robert Blackman Jr. and the woman who was killed in the hit-and-run accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside accident.
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