At about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 79-year-old Maria Cota was killed and four people were injured in a collision in Santa Ana, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on Sullivan Street, the driver of a Nissan Altima ran a red light at First Street and crashed into an eastbound Infiniti G35. The impact sent the Nissan spinning into a traffic signal. Cota, the front passenger, was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the 64-year-old male driver of the Nissan, two adult passengers, and the 22-year-old female driver of the Infiniti to area hospitals. Authorities are investigating the crash.
In 2010, 1,621 people were killed or injured in traffic collisions that occurred in Santa Ana, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Santa Ana 5th out of 13 cities with populations of more than 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across California, crashes claimed the lives of 2,720 people that year.
Under California law, those who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in collisions may file civil claims in order to hold the negligent party liable for the expenses associated with their recovery or loss.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Maria Cota. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the four people who were injured.