Menifee: Drunk Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Female Pedestrian
Posted on Aug 27, 2012
At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, a drunk driver struck and seriously injured a female pedestrian in Menifee. While traveling in the 31600 block of Brentworth Street, 31-year-old Juan Vargas Mendoza hit the 54-year-old woman, as well as another vehicle on the side of the road. Paramedics transported the woman to a hospital to receive treatment for severe trauma. Witnesses forced the driver to remain at the scene until police arrived, at which point he was arrested on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked that anyone with information call the Menifee Sheriff’s Department at 951-210-1000.
“When a driver injures others while violating traffic safety laws, he or she will likely face criminal charges and civil lawsuits,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “as both the state and the victims may hold the driver accountable for the damage caused as a result of breaking the law.”
In Riverside County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or injured 11,417 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrians accounted for 396 of the fatalities and injuries, and alcohol was a contributing factor to 1,471 of the collisions. Riverside ranked 36th out of 58 counties for DUI accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured by the drunk driver.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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