The driver suspected to be responsible for the collision that killed 25-year-old Simon Prieto in Blythe was apprehended and booked on Tuesday, August 28. Last Sunday, Prieto’s body, which had signs of significant trauma, was found in an agricultural area south of Sixth Avenue; an autopsy indicated that a vehicle had hit him. Authorities arrested 19-year-old Jack Richard Kennedy on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Blythe police at 760-922-6111; those wishing to remain anonymous may call 760-921-CARE.
“It is fortunate when police are able to apprehend the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “as the family of the victim may then pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.”
Throughout Riverside County, 396 pedestrians were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Riverside 44th out of 58 counties for pedestrian safety in a rating system in which first place is considered the worst. Hit-and-run was a factor in 528 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Simon Prieto, the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Blythe accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of obtaining compensation from a negligent party after a traffic incident resulting in injury or loss, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
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