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Upland: Hit-and-Run Crash Claimed the Life of Joshua Roberson


At about 11 p.m. on Monday, October 8, a hit-and-run crash claimed the life of 13-year-old Joshua Roberson in Upland. The collision between the pickup truck and the sedan in which Roberson and his mother were occupants occurred at the intersection of Arrow Highway and Campus Avenue. The impact sent the sedan into a carport, causing the roof of the structure to collapse and the vehicle to catch on fire. Instead of helping Roberson and his mother, the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Kyle Bahensky, fled on foot. Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene; his mother sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital. Police apprehended Bahensky, arresting him on felony charges of hit and run.

“When a driver’s negligence causes the death of another, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to hold him or her accountable for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 384 people in Upland in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident data. Drivers failed to remain at the scene of 12 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Joshua Roberson. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his mother.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Upland hit-and-run crash.

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