On Friday, March 9th, four people were seriously injured in a car accident involving a wrong way driver in Folsom. 32-year-old Karen Ann Benedict was traveling east in the westbound lanes of Iron Point Road when her Nissan Sentra collided head-on with a Toyota Camry at Black Diamond Drive. Benedict and the three occupants of the Camry were transported to a hospital for treatment. Authorities arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Drunken driving is a serious problem in the state,” said California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “claiming 791 lives in 2010.”
Folsom accounted for 3 of the 77 fatalities and 330 of the 9,817 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in Sacramento in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. Folsom ranked 66th out of 103 cities for fatal and injury alcohol-related crashes that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the four people injured in the crash involving the wrong way driver a full recovery.
The Sacramento Bee originally reported this Folsom car accident.
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