At about 3:24 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, a Lexus SUV struck and killed 7-year-old pedestrian Aileen Quiroz and injured 30-year-old Maria Alana Quiroz and 2-year-old Arlet Quiroz in San Jose. The group was crossing Bluefield Drive in front of Parkview Elementary School when the accident occurred. Aileen was declared dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Maria Alana to an area hospital for serious injuries. Arlet also received emergency medical attention for a contusion on her head. The driver of the sport utility vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Several residents of the area indicated to MercuryNews.com that speeding is a problem in the area. The accident is under investigation.
“When a motorist causes serious or fatal harm to pedestrians, the victims or their surviving family members may file civil claims against the motorist in order to obtain compensation for expenses associated with their recoveries or losses,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout San Jose, 295 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Fifty-nine of the pedestrians were under the age of 15. Speed was a factor in 780 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Aileen Quiroz. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Maria Alana and Arlet Quiroz.
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