At about 10 p.m. on Monday, October 27, an SUV struck and killed 16-year-old pedestrian Elvia Alvarez in Palmdale, reported the Los Angeles Times. Alvarez had just said goodbye to her boyfriend when she entered the roadway near the intersection of 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard and was struck by a Ford Flex. Emergency responders transported Alvarez to an area hospital, where she was declared dead. The driver remained at the scene. Authorities do not suspect that speed or alcohol were contributing factors to the accident and are investigating.
Palmdale accounted for 2 of the 198 fatalities and 23 of the 4,786 injuries pedestrians suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Palmdale 44th out of 53 cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their loss. For more information on the rights of the families of the victims of fatal accidents, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us at www.allenflatt.com.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Elvia Alvarez.