La Mesa: Driver Forgot to Set Parking Brake, Caused Crash that Killed Henry Hashiguchi


At about 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26th, a driver forgot to set the parking brake of his vehicle when he parked on a hill and, consequently, caused the crash that killed 89-year-old Henry “Hank” Hashiguchi in La Mesa. The Audi sedan rolled backward from the top of the hill on the east side of Mills Street, veered to the west side of the road, and crashed into Hashiguchi’s room at Elmcroft Active Care, the impact knocking the man out of his chair to the floor. Paramedics transported him to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

“When an individual’s negligence causes on accident resulting in serious harm to another, the victim may pursue a personal injury claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that the victim does not survive the accident, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.”

La Mesa accounted for 4 of the 229 fatalities and 367 of the 18,230 injuries suffered by people in traffic-related accidents that occurred in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The city ranked 59th out of 104 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury traffic accidents that year. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranks cities with poor safety records the highest, with 1st place being the worst.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Henry Hashiguchi, the man killed in the crash caused by the driver who forgot to set his parking brake.

U-T San Diego originally reported this La Mesa accident.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury or a wrongful death claim, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 1-888-834 5055.

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