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Bakersfield: Earnis Stewart and Thomas Lee Pace Injured in Collision with Impaired Driver


On Tuesday, April 2, 94-year-old Earnis Stewart and 55-year-old Thomas Lee Pace were injured in a collision with an impaired driver in Bakersfield. While traveling in the 1900 block of Alta Vista Drive, 59-year-old Nancy Ann Byington veered across the opposing lane of traffic and crashed into the parked vehicle in which Stewart and Pace were sitting. Emergency responders transported them to area hospitals, Pace for an evaluation and Stewart to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Byington sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

“Those who are injured in collisions with impaired drivers may file personal injury claims in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”

In the United States, nearly 30 lives are lost every day in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drugs other than alcohol are a contributing factor to 18 percent of driver deaths. In many cases, such crashes can be attributed to a combination of alcohol and drugs.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Thomas Lee Pace and Earnis Stewart. originally reported this crash.

Additional information on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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