Bakersfield: Passenger Jay Ogawa Killed in Rollover Accident
Posted on Feb 03, 2013
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 25-year-old Jay Ogawa, of Malibu, was killed in a rollover accident in Bakersfield. While traveling on interstate 5 in a Toyota, 34-year-old Eunice Lee attempted to change lanes in front of another vehicle and swerved from the road, causing her car to overturn. Ogawa, a passenger in the Toyota, sustained fatal trauma. Lee and three passengers in the other vehicle suffered minor to moderate injuries.
“When a passenger is killed in a collision, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “Passengers who were injured may also seek compensation for their recovery-related expenses through the personal injury claims process.”
Collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,343 people in Bakersfield in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Bakersfield 11th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes that year; 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jay Ogawa, the passenger killed in the rollover accident.
The Malibu Times originally reported this Bakersfield crash.
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