At about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 8-year-old Samantha Padilla was fatally injured and a 5-year-old girl sustained a broken arm in a crash in Ontario. Padilla and the girl were occupants of a blue Mercury Tracer that collided with a white Ford F250 pickup truck at the intersection of Euclid and Schaefer Avenues, the impact sending the Mercury into a Chino Valley Unified School District bus. Emergency responders transported the driver of the Mercury, Padilla, the 5-year-old and two other children to the hospital. Padilla succumbed to the trauma she suffered later that day. Authorities suspect one of the vehicles ran a red light and are investigating the collision.
“After a fatal or injury crash, the victims or their families may file injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent driver in order to obtain compensation for the expenses associated with their injuries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents killed or injured 872 people in Ontario in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Ontario 18th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Samantha Padilla. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Ontario collision.
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