At about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 33-year-old Shawn Michael Scott, 33-year-old Helen Terry Amaya, and 2-year-old Joelene Amaya were killed in a rear-end crash in Fontana, reported the Los Angeles Times. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Citrus Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, was triggered when a motorist sped through the light at which Scott and Amaya’s vehicle was stopped, slamming into the back of the car and sending it into the intersection, where another vehicle struck it. Scott and Joelene were pronounced dead at the scene. Amaya was taken to a local hospital, where she later died from her injuries. Several other people sustained trauma. The accident is under investigation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s most current crash data indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 32,367 people in 2011. This was the lowest number of traffic deaths the agency recorded since 1949, when there were 30,246 fatalities. It represented a 1.9 percent decrease in the number of deaths that occurred in crashes in 2010, when the agency recorded 32,999 fatalities.
In California, when a family loses a loved one in a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the crash. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or email us via our website contact form.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Shawn Michael Scott, Helen Terry Amaya, and Joelene Amaya.