Riverside: DUI Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Caltrans Worker Jesse Silva


At about 9:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14, a DUI driver struck and seriously injured a Caltrans worker in Riverside. While traveling on the 91 Freeway in a Honda Accord, 32-year-old Enrique Lopez swerved to the right shoulder near the 14th Street offramp, hitting Silva, who was placing traffic cones on the road, and then fled the scene. Emergency responders transported Silva to a local hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities apprehended Lopez, arresting him on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing injury.

“When an individual operates a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes harm to others, he or she may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”

The city of Riverside accounted for 5 of the 31 fatalities and 65 of the 370 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The failure of motorists to exercise caution when driving in areas where work is being conducted on the highway is one of the biggest hazards for employees of the California Department of Transportation, with accidents claiming 178 lives since 1924.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Jesse Silva, the Caltrans worker the DUI driver struck and seriously injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Riverside accident.

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