James E. Ballidis
Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th, a DUI driver struck and seriously injured 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School student Crystal Morales. The accident occurred at the intersection of Margaret Drive and Irvine Avenue when 38-year-old Costa Mesa resident Marnie J. Lippincott struck Morales as she traversed a crosswalk. She sustained major head trauma and internal bleeding and was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she remains in a medically induced coma. Police arrested Lippincott on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injury, explains an Orange County injury lawyer.
Newport Beach accounted for none of the 41 fatalities and 41 of the 914 injuries suffered by pedestrians in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Newport Beach ranked 15th out of 104 cities for pedestrian safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish Crystal Morales, the student who was struck by the DUI driver and seriously injured, a full recovery.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Newport Beach pedestrian accident.
Resources for accident victims and their families, such as links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles on pedestrian rights and the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with an Orange County injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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