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Placerville: Crash Killed Four, Injured Five


Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, a crash killed four people and injured five others in Placerville. While traveling on Highway 50 in a Toyota Prius, a 51-year-old man veered into opposing lanes of traffic and struck a minivan, the impact killing the man and two passengers in the vehicle; a child occupant suffered moderate trauma. A 4-year-old girl in the minivan was also killed and four people were injured. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“After a fatal collision, the negligent driver may be held liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family will file a wrongful death claim.”

Placerville accounted for none of the 18 fatalities and 47 of the 833 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in El Dorado County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 2,715 people where killed in crashes that occurred in the state.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the four people who were killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

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