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Modesto: Model-T Struck, Seriously Injured 10-Year-old Flora Ortega


Last Sunday, a Model-T struck and seriously injured 10-year-old Flora Ortega while she was attempting to prevent it from hitting her older brother, Gilbert, in Modesto. Ortega was purchasing tacos from a truck off of Crow’s Landing Road when the vehicle approached and struck her as she tried to shield Gilbert from it. She suffered a fractured skull, two broken ankles, a ruptured spleen, and multiple other fractures. She is receiving treatment at a hospital in Madera.

“When a driver’s negligence causes serious harm to others, the driver may be legally obligated to compensate them for expenses related to their injury,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.

Modesto accounted for 3 of the 8 fatalities and 97 of the 179 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Stanislaus County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Modesto ranked 6th out of 56 cities for pedestrian safety.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Flora Ortega, the 10-year-old the Model-T struck and seriously injured last Sunday.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Modesto accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including articles on pedestrian rights and on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific case with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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