Spring Valley: Pedestrian Pamela LeBlanc Killed When Driver Accidently Accelerated
Posted on Aug 28, 2012
Shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 45-year-old pedestrian Pamela LeBlanc was struck and killed when a female driver accidently accelerated in Spring Valley. When 22-year-old Allison Mulligan approached the entrance to a drive through near Campo Road and Bonita Street in a 2008 Pontiac G6, she applied the gas pedal instead of the brake, running over LeBlanc as she left the dry cleaners next door. Using equipment from a nearby auto shop, witnesses freed LeBlanc from under the vehicle. She was taken to a hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Authorities are investigating the accident but do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in order to hold that person accountable for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The California Office of Traffic Safety indicates that 992 pedestrians lost their lives or were injured in accidents that occurred in San Diego County in 2010. The OTS ranked San Diego 11th for pedestrian safety out of 58 counties in the state in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Across the state, pedestrian fatalities increased by 5.4 percent from 567 in 2009 to 599 in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Pamela LeBlanc, the woman who was struck and killed when the driver accidently accelerated.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Spring Valley accident.
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