Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, June 19th, a female passenger was seriously injured when the car she was riding in crashed into a pool in the North County area of San Diego. While traveling westbound at a high rate of speed on Calavo Drive, the 33-year-old driver of the 2006 Kia Rio lost control near Nordahl Road and crashed into a fence, the vehicle landing upside down in a backyard pool. The driver escaped, leaving the 23-year-old woman trapped in the vehicle. Fortunately, neighbor Jarit Welles dove into the pool and freed the woman, performing CPR on her until paramedics arrived. She was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When passengers are injured due to the negligence of motorists, they may seek compensation for expenses related to their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
San Diego County accounted for 51 of the 705 passengers killed and 4,839 of the 66,864 injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in the state in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Comparing the incidence of fatal and injury crashes in 58 counties, the California Office of Traffic Safety ranked San Diego 37th for safety in 2009-an above average score in a system in which 1st place is the worst a county may receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the female passenger who was seriously injured when the car crashed into the pool.
U-T San Diego originally reported this accident.
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