Shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 13th, a police car struck and fatally injured pedestrian Isabel Pablo Tomas in the Casa Blanca community of Riverside. While crossing Madison Street in front of St. Anthony’s Church, she was hit by a patrol car driven by an officer who was on duty at the time of the collision. According to Angel Gaytan Jr., a resident of the neighborhood, several people who were standing in front of the church may have witnessed the accident. Tomas was transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries at about 3 p.m., according to her son.
“Whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, pedestrians have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a motorist causes fatal harm to a pedestrian in an accident, the motorist may face a wrongful death claim from the victim’s family.”
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 40 pedestrians and injured another 395 throughout Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 567 pedestrians were killed in collisions in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Isabel Pablo Tomas, the pedestrian who was struck and fatally injured by the police car.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Casa Blanca pedestrian accident.
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