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Laguna Beach: Head-On Crash Killed Erik Valencia

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

At about 1:34 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014, a head-on crash in Laguna Beach near Crystal Cove State Park killed 29-year-old Erik Valencia, of Irvine,  and injured five others, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northbound on Pacific Coast Highway, a motorist collided with another vehicle in his lane at Irvine Cove Drive and then swerved into opposing lanes of traffic, where he crashed into more cars. A total of five vehicles were involved in the accident. He suffered major trauma and was taken to an area hospital. Valencia, a passenger in his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported four others to hospitals to receive treatment for minor to severe trauma. Authorities are investigating the accident.


Laguna Beach accounted for 1 of the 88 fatalities and 160 of the 17,182 injuries that motor vehicle occupants suffered in collisions in Orange County in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic-related fatalities in both Laguna Beach and Orange County rose from the year prior, by 1 in the city and by 17 in the county. Statewide, accident deaths increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011. 


Under California law, when a motorist causes a serious or fatal accident, the motorist may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or their families’ losses through the civil claims process. To learn more about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office through our website.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Erik Valencia. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the five people who were injured. 

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