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Joshua Tree: Christopher Moala Killed, Two Passengers Seriously Injured in Rollover Crash


Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 23-year-old driver Christopher Moala, of Twentynine Palms, and two passengers were seriously injured in a rollover crash in Joshua Tree. While traveling westbound on State Route 62 at a high rate of speed in a 2008 Toyota Scion, Moala swerved from the road, the car overturning and igniting into flames. Authorities pronounced Moala, who was ejected from the vehicle, dead at the scene. Emergency responders airlifted two passengers to area hospitals. The CHP is investigating the crash.

“When a vehicle accident results in injury or fatality, the at-fault party may be held liable for expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries or losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.

Throughout San Bernardino County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 11,866 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. The OTS ranks counties based on their incidence of fatal and injury crashes, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, San Bernardino ranked 36th out of 58 counties.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Christopher Moala. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the two passengers who were injured in the rollover crash in Joshua Tree.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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