At about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, a 56-year-old man and his dog were killed in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Maria. While traveling southbound in the 2100 block of North Blosser Road in a 1990 Honda CRX, 19-year-old Alvino Corona struck the pedestrian and his dog and then crashed into a chain link fence. The victim and his dog died at the scene. Corona and his passenger, his wife, fled but later returned. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. The accident is under investigation.
“When a family loses a loved one to an accident, they may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Thirty-six pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Santa Maria in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 58 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year, which ranked 2nd out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of hit-and-run crashes.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident. We would also like to offer our condolences for the loss of their dog.
The Santa Maria Times originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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