Torrance: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Pedestrian Phillip Moreno
Posted on Nov 26, 2012
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, a drunk driver struck and killed 31-year-old pedestrian Phillip Moreno in Torrance. While traveling west on Torrance Boulevard in a Mitsubishi Eclipse, 51-year-old Sherri Lynn Wilkins hit Moreno near Madrid Avenue, turned right onto Crenshaw Boulevard, and drove for nearly two miles with him stuck in the windshield of her vehicle. Good Samaritans stopped her at 182nd Street. Driving with a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit, she was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and drunk driving, and may face charges for felony hit-and-run. Witnesses are asked to contact the police at 310-618-5557.
“Those who drive while impaired and fatally harm others may be held civilly liable for their actions by the family of the victim through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Torrance accounted for none of the 198 fatalities and 28 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In California, pedestrian fatalities increased 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 Phillip Moreno, the man who was struck and killed by the drunk driver.
The Daily Breeze originally reported this pedestrian accident.
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