Shortly before 2:13 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 23-year-old Ryan Travis Woolley was killed and his passenger Alyiss Basaldua, also 23, was seriously injured in a crash in Bakersfield. While traveling eastbound in the 4700 block of McKee Road in a black 2005 Acura hatchback at a high rate of speed, Woolley struck a brick wall, the impact ejecting him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders rescued Basaldua from the wreckage and transported her to an area hospital. The crash is under investigation.
“After a crash resulting in injury or death, the victims or their families may file personal injury or wrongful death claims against the negligent party in order to be compensated for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Bakersfield, 1,343 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Nighttime crashes, those occurring between 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., accounted for 131 of the deaths and injuries. Drivers aged 21 to 34 were involved in 55 of the fatal and injury accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ryan Travis Woolley, the driver killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Alyiss Basaldua, the passenger who was injured.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this accident.
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