At about 4:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, five people were killed and one was injured in a fiery crash in Burbank. While traveling southbound on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, the driver of a Nissan lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete abutment near the Scott Road offramp of the 5 Freeway, the impact causing the car to burst into flames. Once the fire was extinguished, emergency responders determined that five occupants had died. One surviving occupant-an 18-year-old female-who managed to escape was taken to an area hospital. Friends and family of the victims who attended a candlelight vigil on Sunday night indicated to KTLA-TV that the deceased were all in their teens and early 20s.They identified the victims as Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Sugey Cuevas, and Stephen Stoll, reported the Los Angeles Daily News. Authorities are investigating the crash and have asked anyone with information about the accident to call Det. Sam Anderson at 818-238-3100.
Burbank accounted for 3 of the 346 fatalities and 600 of the 62,881 injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 30 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, and drivers under the age of 21 were involved in 2 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Burbank in 2010.
Families who have lost loved ones to traffic collisions have recourse through the civil justice system and may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their losses. Those who have suffered injury may pursue civil claims in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Sameer Nevarez, Sugey Cuevas, and Stephen Stoll. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.