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Riverside: Van Struck, Killed Pedestrian Antonio Mendoza


On the night of Saturday, May 4, a van struck and killed 36-year-old pedestrian Antonio Mendoza in the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside. While traveling westbound in the 10600 block of Gramercy Place, the driver of a 1999 Ford van hit Mendoza and a 28-year-old woman as they crossed the street. Emergency responders transported Mendoza to two hospitals; he succumbed to his injuries at the second one shortly after midnight. The woman sustained minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that witnesses or anyone with information helpful to the case call Detective Ken Madsen at 951-826-8723.

“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Sixty-seven pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Riverside 13th out of 13 similarly sized cities for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Antonio Mendoza, the pedestrian struck and killed by the van. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Riverside accident.

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