Friday, June 1, 2012

Eight High School Students Injured in Southern California Pedestrian Accident

A horrific pedestrian accident shocked the Southern California city of Hemet.  The accident occurred on May 30, 2012 in front of Hemet High School in Riverside County shortly after school had been dismissed for the day.  A large group of students were crossing the street at a marked crosswalk when they were hit by Ford Ranger pickup truck.  Witnesses report seeing the truck run a red light while accelerating through the intersection.
Eight students were injured when the pickup truck plowed through the crosswalk.  The injured students were transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.  Three of the victims are reportedly in critical condition.  Fortunately, all are expected to survive.  We wish them all a speedy and complete recovery.   

According to published reports, the driver of the truck was eighteen-year-old student Daniel Carrillo.  California Highway Patrol officers are examining the pickup truck to determine if mechanical failure had any role in this accident.  An auto-part or vehicle manufacturer may be held liable if a defective product contributed to an accident. 

Investigators are also interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to determine whether driver inattention or aggressive driving caused this accident.  The skilled trial lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP fight for the rights of pedestrians in the greater Los Angeles area.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident contact our Century City for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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