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Palm Desert: Driver Died, Pedestrian Injured in Collision


At about 6:20 a.m. on Friday, July 20th, a driver died after and a pedestrian was injured in a collision in Palm Desert. While traveling on California Drive in a gray Toyota pickup truck, 62-year-old Terry Lagorio, of La Quinta, struck a 51-year-old female runner, the impact causing her to suffer moderate trauma. Lagorio proceeded to collide with a large boulder in the yard of a house, a parked vehicle, and the side of a house. After witnesses assisted him in exiting the vehicle, Lagorio went into full arrest; he was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

“After an accident resulting in injuries, the victims may seek compensation from the negligent party for the cost of their recovery or loss,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.

Palm Desert accounted for none of the 219 traffic-related fatalities and 296 of the 11,705 injuries suffered in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 3,081 people lost their lives in traffic accidents that occurred throughout the state.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Terry Lagorio, the driver who died after the collision in Palm Desert. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the pedestrian who was injured.

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 personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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