At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, a hit-and-run driver struck two pedestrians, killing 28-year-old Armulfo Antonio and injuring a teenage girl. A dark-colored sedan hit the pedestrians as they crossed the street at the intersection of West Highland Avenue and North California Street. Antonio was declared dead at the scene. Paramedics transported the girl, 16, to an area hospital. The sedan lost its driver’s side mirror in the accident and should have heavy front-end damage. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this crash, are asked to contact the California Highway Patrol.
“Pedestrians, whether walking inside or outside of a crosswalk, have rights,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a driver causes a fatal or injury accident, the victims may seek compensation from the driver for expenses associated with their injuries or losses.”
The city of San Bernardino accounted for 3 of the 33 fatalities and 65 of the 409 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. That year, the incidence of pedestrian fatalities in California increased by 5.4 percent, from 567 in 2009 to 599.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Armulfo Antonio, the man killed in the hit-and-run accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the teenage girl who was injured.
Additional information on pedestrian rights and the personal injury and 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.