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Riverside: Girl Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash Involving Street Race


Shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, April 22, a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash involving a street race in Riverside. Witness accounts indicated that a black 2008 Ford Mustang was racing an orange, older model Acura Integra or Honda Prelude along Magnolia Avenue when the Ford broadsided a 2009 Chevy Malibu as it turned from Nelson Street onto Magnolia Avenue. The impact caused the girl, who was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear backseat of the Chevy, to suffer major trauma. She was taken to an area hospital. The driver of the Ford, which had been stolen shortly before the accident, fled the scene on foot. He is described as a Hispanic adult male. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the driver is asked to call Detective Rick Prince at 951-826-8722.

“After a serious hit-and-run accident, apprehending the driver can prove crucial to the ability of the victim to recover physically and financially from his or her injuries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Throughout Riverside County, 1,316 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Speed was a contributing factor to 233 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the fatal and injury accidents.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the girl who was seriously injured in the crash involving the street race.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this hit-and-run accident.

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