At about 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 27-year-old Sharina Thomason was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Temecula. While traveling westbound on Rancho California Road in a pickup truck, 63-year-old Travis Hughes Braswell ran a red light at the Town Center shopping plaza and crashed into the side of the car Thomason was driving. The impact caused Braswell’s truck to spin out and collide with a Saturn sedan. Thomason was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered a short time later. The driver of the Saturn did not sustain serious injuries. Braswell fled the scene on foot but was apprehended and arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. The crash is under investigation.
“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been caught, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against him or her in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 306 people in Temecula in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in six of the crashes that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Temecula 40th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of such crashes; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sharina Thomason, the woman who was killed in the hit-and-run crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Temecula accident.
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