Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, a drunk driver struck and killed 42-year-old pedestrian Dondi Allen Quimby in Lytle Creek. While traveling in the 200 block of Lytle Creek Road in a gold 1997 Ford Thunderbird, 20-year-old Matthew Harry Eldridge collided with Quimby, who was pushing a bicycle along the shoulder of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Eldridge on suspicion of felony drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter.
“When a driver causes a fatal pedestrian accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout San Bernardino County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 436 pedestrians in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. San Bernardino ranked 35th out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety in an OTS rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 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 Dondi Allen Quimby, the pedestrian struck and killed by the drunk driver last Sunday.
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