At about 9:58 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 8-year-old Elizabeth Mendez, 33-year-old Elizabeth Mendez, and 62-year-old Maria Contreras, all of Norwalk, were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Jurupa Valley, reported The Press-Enterprise. The head-on collision occurred near 10050 Limonite Avenue in the Mira Loma area. Authorities arrested 26-year-old Darrill Rasim Asani on suspicion of hit-and-run and three counts of voluntary manslaughter. The crash is under investigation.
Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 164 people and injured another 10,594 in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 528 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in Riverside County in 2010. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 33rd out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury hit-and-run crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
Motorists who cause serious or fatal injury in a traffic accident may be held liable by the victims or their surviving family members through the civil justice system. For more information on the process of filing a civil claim after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Elizabeth Mendez, Elizabeth Mendez, and Maria Contreras.