Shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed 63-year-old pedestrian Celia Miranda in Coachella. While traveling westbound on Avenue 49 in a sport utility vehicle, 30-year-old Sara Rojas hit Miranda south of Harrison Street. Authorities located the vehicle shortly after the collision near Harrison and Sixth streets, arresting Rojas on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call the Riverside County sheriff’s station in Thermal at 760-863-8990.
“When a driver’s negligence causes the death of a pedestrian, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Coachella accounted for 1 of the 31 fatalities and 3 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 44th out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Celia Miranda, the woman who was struck and killed by the hit-and-run driver.
Mydesert.com originally reported this Coachella accident.
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