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Riverside: Vehicle Struck, Killed Melissa Bernal and Aniya Mitchell at Bus Stop


Shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, a vehicle struck and killed 28-year-old Melissa Bernal and 7-year-old Aniya Mitchell at a bus stop in Riverside. While traveling on Magnolia Avenue, the driver of a four-door Kia sedan swerved across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a power pole and the bus bench on which Bernal and Mitchell were sitting near the intersection with Tyler Street. Mitchell’s 30-year-old mother and a 31-year-old man suffered major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.

“When a driver’s negligence causes an accident that seriously or fatally injures others, the victims may hold the driver liable for their recovery-related expenses or loss through the injury or the wrongful death claims process,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Throughout Riverside, 67 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 13th out of 13 cities for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents, which is the best possible ranking. The number of pedestrian fatalities in the state 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 families of Melissa Bernal and Aniya Mitchell, the two pedestrians who were struck and killed at the bus stop. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman and man who were seriously injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Riverside accident.

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

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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