James E. Ballidis
Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 18th, 23-year-old Basil Max Price III, of Pomona, was killed in a crash involving a Ferrari on PCH in Pacific Palisades. While traveling at speeds as high as 90 to 100 mph, 24-year-old Vladimir Skvortsov, of Upland, lost control of the vehicle and struck a power pole, the impact shearing the vehicle into two pieces before it fell more than 30-feet to the beach. Both men were ejected from the sports car. Authorities pronounced Price dead at the scene, while Skvortsov was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Court records from San Bernardino County indicate that in addition to DUI convictions in 2007 and 2009, Skvortsov was also cited for driving under the influence last January. Police are investigating if alcohol was a factor in this accident, explains a California personal injury lawyer.
Alcohol contributed to 7,171 of the 73,561 fatalities and injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Statewide, alcohol-involved traffic fatalities decreased by 7.6 percent that year, from 1,025 in 2008 to 950 in 2009. Throughout the nation, such accidents claimed 10,839 lives, 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 family of Basil Max Price III, the man who was killed in the Ferrari crash on PCH last Sunday morning.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Pacific Palisades accident.
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