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Palmdale: Intoxicated Teenager Caused Crash that Killed Jesus Eduardo Lopez


Posted on Mar 19, 2012

At about 10:15 p.m. on Friday, March 16th, an intoxicated teenager caused the crash that killed Jesus Eduardo Lopez near Palmdale. While traveling northbound on the Sierra Highway in a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, a 17-year-old girl lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a guardrail. Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. The girl was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Authorities are investigating the accident. 

“The formal investigation into a fatal accident can take several weeks,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “which can be frustrating for family members attempting to find out what happened to their loved one.”

Palmdale accounted for 5 of the 390 fatalities and 964 of the 64,178 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Palmdale ranked 17th out of 53 cities for fatal and injury crashes. 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jesus Eduardo Lopez, the passenger who was killed in the crash caused by the intoxicated teenager.

The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this Palmdale crash.

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge through our office. 

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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