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Santa Ana: Maria Rodriguez Died from Crash Injuries

Posted on Sep 06, 2014

On the morning of Friday, September 5, 2014, 56-year-old Maria Rodriguez, of Orange, died from injuries she sustained in a crash that occurred in Santa Ana at around 7 p.m. on Monday, September 1, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling northbound on Broadway in a Dodge Stratus, Guillermo Velasquez Flores, 45, clipped the back of the Nissan Xterra in which Rodriguez was riding, causing her husband, who was driving, to lose control of the vehicle. The Nissan went over a curb and slammed into a tree. Her husband, who was seriously injured, remained in the hospital as of Thursday. Flores, who was arrested following a hit-and-run pedestrian accident at the same intersection in the mid-90s, fled the scene but left his license plate. Authorities located and arrested him on suspicion of felony hit and run. 


In 2011, the most current year for which California Office of Traffic Safety crash statistics are available, 1,627 peopled died or were injured in motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Santa Ana. Hit-and-run was a factor in 134 of the collisions that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. The OTS ranked Santa Ana 6th out of 13 cities with populations over 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.


Once a hit-and-run driver is apprehended, he or she may be held liable for any injuries or deaths that resulted from the accident through the personal injury or wrongful death claims process. To learn more, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Maria Rodriguez. We would also like to wish her husband a full recovery. 

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