Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27th, a mid-size SUV struck and killed 14-year-old skateboarder Noah Austill while he was crossing a Temecula street. The accident occurred at the intersection of Ynez Road and Rancho California Road. Austill was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating.
“The formal investigation into a fatal collision can take several weeks,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “which can be frustrating for family members seeking information about what happened to their loved one.”
Temecula accounted for 2 of the 40 fatalities and 17 of the 395 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, injuries sustained while skateboarding account for approximately 50,000 hospital visits and 1,500 hospitalizations among children and teenagers annually.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Noah Austill, the skateboarder who was struck and killed by the SUV yesterday.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Temecula accident.
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