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Phelan Head-On Collision Claims Two Lives


Posted on Oct 13, 2010

Some time around 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning, 78-year-old Joseph Raymond Griffin, a resident of Phelan, was traveling eastbound on State Route 138 through the high-desert town when he struck 54-year-old Michael Sturgeon of Anaheim. Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene of the head-on collision. Sturgeon was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was also pronounced dead, explains a California car accident attorney


Throughout California, there were at total of 3,113 fatal traffic collisions in 2008, 665 of which were head-on and 139 of which involved crossing into the opposing lane of the roadway, according to California Highway Patrol. A recent study of U.S. Department of Transportation statistics by the Scripps Howard News Service found that 50% of the nation’s most dangerous roads are located in California.


Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the families of Joseph Raymond Griffin and Michael Sturgeon. During this difficult time, if any of them are in need of grief support, an online resource can be found here.  


The Orange County Register originally reported this head-on collision. 


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