A 10:10 a.m. traffic stop in Ontario ended in an accident that injured two vehicle occupants on Wednesday, June 13th. California Highway Patrol officials observed that a Ford Coupe was speeding and pulled the vehicle over in front of a Costco at 11800 Fourth Street. Upon checking the driver’s license, officers discovered that the car was stolen. Before they could arrest the driver, he fled westbound on Fourth, losing control of the Ford and crashing into two vehicles at Miliken Avenue. Paramedics transported an occupant from each of the two vehicles to a local hospital. Authorities arrested the driver, who is now being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
“When a driver injures others while engaging in illegal activities, the driver may face civil actions from the victims in addition to criminal charges from the state,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Ontario accounted for 14 of the 192 fatalities and 1,425 of the 10,983 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic crashes in San Bernardino in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, unsafe speed was a contributing factor in 423 of the fatal and 47,869 of the injury accidents that occurred in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two people who were injured by the driver fleeing from the traffic stop.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin originally reported this Ontario collision.
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