Shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday, March 29th, a suspected drunk driver caused a fatal rear-end collision in Perris. While traveling eastbound in a 2005 Land Rover, 31-year-old Juan Antonio Covarrubias crashed into a 2000 Mazda that was stopped for a red light at Evans Road, the impact causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Authorities pronounced the female driver of the Mazda dead at the scene. Covarrubias was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. Witnesses have been asked to call Deputy Decker at 951-210-1000.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for their loss,” explained Riverside injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Perris accounted for 5 of the 172 fatalities and 221 of the 10,963 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In 2010, the number of traffic fatalities that occurred throughout the state decreased by 11.9 percent, from 3,081 to 2,715.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the crash caused by the suspected drunk driver in Perris.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal rear-end collision.
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