At about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th, an SUV struck and fatally injured 58-year-old Debbie Carroll in a Modesto intersection. While traveling in a silver GMC Yukon, 41-year-old Danny Mejia stopped at the intersection, which is controlled by lights in all four directions, to allow 49-year-old bicyclist John Hunt to pass; Mejia neglected to notice that Hunt was towing a child-sized bike trailer with Carroll inside and ran it over. She suffered major trauma and was transported to a nearby hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries that evening. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After an accident resulting in a fatality, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the victim’s family’s loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family will seek compensation from the negligent party through the civil justice system.”
Modesto accounted for 12 of the 57 traffic-related fatalities and 1,796 of the 3,854 injuries suffered in Stanislaus County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Throughout California, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 3,081 people that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Debbie Carroll, the woman who the SUV struck and fatally injured last Wednesday.
The San Jose Mercury News originally reported this Modesto accident.
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