At about 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, a drunk driver struck and killed a woman in Willowbrook. While traveling westbound on West El Segundo Boulevard in a 1997 Ford SUV, 82-year-old Willie Crenshaw hit the 65-year-old pedestrian as she crossed the street. She was declared dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Crenshaw on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“Families who lose loved ones in DUI accidents may hold the drivers liable by filing wrongful death claims,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The national incidence of pedestrian fatalities increased by 3 percent from 4,302 in 2010 to 4,432 in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current data. In California, the number of pedestrians killed in accidents increased 3.9 percent from 601 in 2010 to 625 in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was struck and killed by the drunk driver.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Willowbrook accident.
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