Shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, a vehicle struck and killed 18-year-old pedestrian Amber Ann Muschwitz in Highland. A black 2004 Nissan 350Z struck the teenager as she walked westbound along Greenspot Road near Orange Street. Paramedics transported her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Highland Station are investigating the accident.
“Pedestrians, whether inside or outside of a crosswalk, have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “and may seek compensation from a negligent driver if injured in an accident. In the event that the pedestrian is killed in the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Highland accounted for 1 of the 33 fatalities and 6 of the 409 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in San Bernardino in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout the state, the incidence of pedestrian fatalities increased by 5.4 percent from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Amber Ann Muschwitz, the pedestrian who was struck and killed in Highland.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this accident.
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