At about 6:13 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 41-year-old Juana Elias was fatally injured in a crosswalk while saving her daughter in Ontario, reported The Press-Enterprise. While crossing the street at the intersection of Holt Boulevard and Laurel Avenue with her 15-year-old daughter, Elias saw a 2006 Chevy Impala coming toward them and pushed her daughter out of the way. Elias, unfortunately, was struck by the 16-year-old motorist and suffered major trauma. She was taken to an area hospital, where she died two days later. Authorities suspect that the driver’s view was obstructed by sunlight and have attributed fault for the accident to the driver; however, they will not be seeking criminal charges.
Pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of two people and caused injury to 42 others in Ontario in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol’s most current crash data. Citywide, 13 people died and 1,357 were injured in collisions of all kinds. Throughout San Bernardino County, pedestrians accounted for 44 of the 240 fatalities and 421 of the 11,382 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that year.
After a deadly traffic accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the accident in order to obtain compensation for their loss. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Juana Elias.
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