At about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10th, 20-year-old passenger Luis R. Castillo Jr. was killed in a car accident in Santa Clarita. While traveling westbound on Soledad Canyon Road, the driver lost control of the vehicle west of Camp Plenty Road, went over the center divider, and collided with two trees. Castillo was fatally injured, and the driver suffered major trauma. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“When an accident causes fatal injury to a passenger, his or her family may hold the at-fault driver responsible for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Santa Clarita accounted for 1 of the 104 fatalities and 232 of the 21,058 injuries suffered by vehicle passengers in crashes that occurred throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, traffic fatalities in the state decreased by 10.3 percent, from 3,434 to 3,081—the lowest incidence the federal government recorded since 1975.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Luis R. Castillo Jr., the passenger who was killed in the car accident last Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported this fatal Santa Clarita crash.
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