4/19/2012Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene of a rollover accident in Baker. They determined that the driver of a 2002 Ford Expedition, 46-year-old Rafael Gonzalez, had been traveling northbound along Interstate 15 when he lost control of the SUV near Halloran Summit Road, leaving the highway, and rolling several times. Gonzalez and his two passengers, 29-year-old Isabel Arellano and 23-year-old Eddie Gonzalez, were pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP is investigating the crash.
“Passengers, whether riding in the vehicle of the driver at-fault for the accident or that of the other party, may seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment and recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that a passenger does not survive the collision, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver.”
Throughout San Bernardino County, 192 motor vehicle occupants were killed and 10,983 were injured in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Nationwide, crashes claimed the lives of 24,474 people and injured another 2,011,000, with 8,267 of the fatalities suffered in rollover accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Rafael Gonzalez, Isabel Arellano, and Eddie Gonzalez, the three people killed in the crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Baker rollover accident.
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