Lancaster: Girl Killed, Mother Injured in Crash Involving Police Pursuit
Posted on Dec 10, 2012
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, a 2-year-old girl was killed and her 37-year-old mother was seriously injured in a crash involving a police pursuit in Lancaster. While returning from court in a non-patrol vehicle, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective observed a black, two-door Toyota sedan speeding recklessly on Sierra Highway and informed other units. A chase ensued, with the driver traveling at up to 85 mph on Avenue I before running a red light at 10th Street and colliding with the car in which the mother and child were occupants. Emergency responders transported them to the hospital, where the girl was declared dead. The driver of the Toyota sustained moderate trauma and was also hospitalized.
“Drivers who cause serious or fatal harm to others while breaking the law may face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “as the state will punish them for violating its laws and the victims or their families will hold them liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”
Lancaster accounted for 5 of the 346 fatalities and 997 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in collisions that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Speeding was a factor in 80 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the girl who was killed in the crash involving the police pursuit. We would also like to wish a full recovery to her mother.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this fatal Lancaster collision.
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