At about 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, a vehicle struck and killed 14-year-old Jarod Alan Maxwell while he was skateboarding in Hesperia. The 2010 Chevy Traverse collided with Maxwell in the 7800 block of Baldy Mesa Road. Paramedics transported him to Desert Valley Hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered a short time later.
“After a fatal accident, the negligent party may be held civilly liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
San Bernardino County accounted for 33 of the 623 fatalities and 409 of the 12,668 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in California in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked San Bernardino 35th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents that year; 1st place is the worst ranking possible.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jarod Alan Maxwell, the skateboarder who was struck and killed.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Hesperia accident.
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