On the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, a police chase ended in a crash that killed 23-year-old Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador in El Sereno. Police attempted to pull over 20-year-old Jose Arrellano for reckless driving, and a chase ensued when he fled. According to a preliminary investigation, Arrellano was traveling at about 80 miles per hour when he struck three vehicles with his Chevy Suburban. Reyes was declared dead at the scene. Three other people were injured. Authorities arrested Arrellano on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
“When a motorist harms others while breaking the law, he or she may be held liable for the expense of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis. “If the accident proves fatal, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the driver.”
Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Los Angeles 15th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador, the man who was killed in the crash involving the police chase. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this El Sereno collision.
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