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Victorville: Vanessa Rosales Killed, Five Injured in Crash


At around 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 38-year-old Vanessa Rosales was fatally injured in a crash in Victorville; five other vehicle occupants sustained trauma ranging from moderate to minor. While traveling eastbound along Air Expressway, a sheriff’s deputy rear-ended the Honda in which Rosales was riding near Village Drive, the impact sending it into a Mercedes in a westbound lane. Paramedics transported Rosales and the driver of the Honda, Immysha Smith, to an area hospital, were she succumbed to her injuries a short time later; Smith was treated for minor injuries. Another occupant of the Honda sustained moderate trauma and was airlifted to a hospital. The sheriff’s deputy, a prisoner in the patrol car, and the driver of the Mercedes suffered minor injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“After an accident, the victims or their families may hold the driver accountable for expenses associated with their injury or loss by pursuing a civil claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Victorville accounted for 12 of the 180 fatalities and 428 of the 11,050 injuries that occurred in motor vehicle collisions in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Statewide, 3,081 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2010.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Vanessa Rosales, the woman who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Victorville collision.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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