Shortly before midnight on Friday, October 12, 59-year-old pedestrian Arnel Cantal was struck and killed during a police chase in Canoga Park. Officers were pursuing 20-year-old Ernesto Jacinto Lopez, the driver of a stolen 1991 Toyota Camry, when he struck Cantal near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Saticoy Street. Emergency responders transported him to a hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. Authorities apprehended Lopez and arrested him on suspicion of second-degree murder.
“Drivers who fatally harm others while committing crimes often face charges from the state and civil actions from the families of the victims,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 198 pedestrians and injured another 4,786 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of 58 counties in the state, ranking those with the poorest records the highest; 1st place is considered the worst. That year, Los Angeles ranked 2nd for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Arnel Cantal, the pedestrian who was killed in the police chase.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on pursuing compensation for expenses associated with an injury or loss after an accident, are available to the public free of charge through our office.
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