Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8th, 25-year-old Nuvia Lisseth Rivera, of Rialto, was killed in a high-speed, head-on collision in San Bernardino. The crash occurred in the 2300 block of Baseline Road when one of three eastbound speeding vehicles swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the westbound vehicle in which Rivera was an occupant. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, 26-year-old Cecilia Sorto, of Redlands, and her 3-year-old son were seriously injured and transported to a hospital. Authorities believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.
“Although alcohol-impaired driving fatalities have been decreasing in recent years, they remain a serious problem, claiming 791 lives in 2010,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The city of San Bernardino accounted for 16 of the 192 fatalities and 1,399 of the 10,983 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants throughout the county in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol contributed to 98 fatalities and 945 injuries in traffic accidents in the county. From 2009 to 2010, the incidence of alcohol-related traffic deaths fell by 14.4 percent.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Nuvia Lisseth Rivera, the woman killed in the high-speed, head-on collision.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this San Bernardino accident.
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