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Daggett: Frances Abbott and Belinda Santana-Tadic Killed in Rollover Accident


At about 2 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 74-year-old Frances Abbott and 68-year-old Belinda Santana-Tadic were killed in a rollover accident in the San Bernardino town of Daggett. While traveling westbound on the 40 Freeway, Abbott veered across lanes, onto the dirt shoulder, and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Santana-Tadic was transported to an area hospital, where she died that evening. The CHP is investigating the crash.

“The formal investigation into a fatal collision can take several weeks to complete,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “during which time the families of the victims may not be able to obtain details about the accident.”

In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 180 motor vehicle occupants and injured another 11,050 in San Bernardino County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Passengers suffered 59 of the deaths and 4,056 of the injuries. Throughout the state, crashes killed 2,715 people that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Frances Abbott and Belinda Santana-Tadic.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the process of seeking compensation from a negligent party after a collision resulting in injury or death, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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