At about 6:41 p.m. on Monday, September 9, the female driver of a red Ford Taurus was injured and her male passenger was killed in a suspected DUI crash in Hesperia, reported the Daily Press. While traveling westbound on Bear Valley Road in the left turn lane, the female driver swerved around other vehicles in the same lane and entered the opposing lane of traffic near Third Avenue, where she collided with a brown Ford Ranger pickup truck. The male passenger of the Taurus was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the female driver to an area hospital. The driver of the truck received medical attention at the scene and was released. Authorities are investigating the collision.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 275 people in Hesperia in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current crash data. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 39 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death, with Hesperia ranking 40th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 residents.
Under California law, those who have suffered serous injury or lost loved ones in traffic collisions may hold the at-fault party liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.