In the early morning hours of Friday, February 15, a hit-and-run driver struck and fatally injured 38-year-old Jason Salem in Riverside. The accident occurred near the interchange between Interstate 215 and Highway 60. Salem was reportedly pushing his disabled vehicle at the time. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“After a fatal hit-and-run accident, apprehending the driver is oftentimes crucial to the extent of legal recourse available to the family of the victim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of Riverside accounted for 5 of the 31 fatalities and 65 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of pedestrian fatalities in California increased 3.9 percent from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jason Salem.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside hit-and-run accident.
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