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Desert Hot Springs: Elderly Female Passenger Killed in Collision


At about 1:15 p.m. on Monday, May 27, an elderly female passenger was killed in a collision just outside the city limits of Desert Hot Springs. While traveling northbound on Mountain View Road in a 1998 Mercedes, 77-year-old Gilbert Kessler turned left in front of a southbound 1998 Pontiac and was broadsided. The woman, who was riding in the Mercedes, was transported to a hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered. Kessler was also taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the Pontiac, 18-year-old Luis Ruiz, sustained minor trauma. The accident is under investigation.

“After a fatal collision, the family of the deceased may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Desert Hot Springs accounted for none of the 164 fatalities and 59 of the 10,594 injuries suffered in collisions that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, 2,720 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2010.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the elderly female passenger who was killed in the collision. originally reported this Desert Hot Springs crash.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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