At about 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 29-year-old passenger Vernon Onofia was killed and five others were injured in a crash in Long Beach. While traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Del Amo Boulevard, the driver of a 2002 Chevy Suburban lost control of the vehicle and struck the center divider, causing the vehicle to roll over multiple times. Vernon and three other occupants were ejected from the vehicle, and two others were trapped in the wreckage. Emergency responders transported five people to the hospital, three in critical condition. According to witnesses, the SUV may have been involved in a street race with another car prior to the accident.
“Passengers who suffer serious trauma in a crash may hold the negligent driver liable for their recovery-related expenses by filing personal injury claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a passenger does not survive the accident, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 346 fatalities and 1,986 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Speeding was a contributing factor to 254 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Vernon Onofia, the passenger who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach crash.
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