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Bloomington: Driver Who Killed Ricardo Valdez Caught

Posted on Jan 30, 2014

The driver who struck and killed 39-year-old Ricardo Valdez, of Riverside, in Bloomington in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 28, 2014, has been caught, reported The Press-Enterprise. At about 1:50 a.m. that day, Valdez, a tow truck operator, was removing a vehicle from the southbound lane of Cedar Avenue near Interstate 10 when 30-year-old Maria E. Ochoa crashed her Nissan Altima into the back of the truck and hit Valdez. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he succumbed to the trauma he suffered. Ochoa fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended and arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, and felony driving under the influence. 


Throughout San Bernardino County, 190 people were killed and 10,602 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 539 of the crashes that resulted in death or injury, and alcohol contributed to 1,446 of accidents. A large number of the collisions, 1,047, occurred at night, specifically between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.


When a family loses a loved one to a drunk driver, they may hold that driver liable for the expenses related to their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ricardo Valdez.

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