On the morning of Saturday, December 8, 50-year-old Kellie Sue Hughes, of Pinon Hills, was killed in a DUI accident in Victorville. While traveling the wrong way at a high rate of speed on Interstate 15, 33-year-old Ilich Ernesto Vargas collided head-on with another vehicle, the impact killing Hughes, a passenger in his car. Twenty-eight-year-old David Ahmed, the driver of the other vehicle, sustained abrasions and, possibly, a back injury. Vargas suffered a broken leg and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing major injury and death.
“When vehicle occupants sustain serious injuries in a crash, the at-fault driver may be held liable for their recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that they do not survive the collision, their families may file wrongful death claims against the driver in order to be compensated for their losses.”
Victorville accounted for 12 of the 180 fatalities and 428 of the 11,050 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in San Bernardino County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The incidence of traffic-related deaths in California decreased 11.9 percent, from 3,081 to 2,715—the lowest level recorded since 1975.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kellie Sue Hughes, the passenger killed in the wrong-way DUI accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to David Ahmed, the driver who was injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Victorville collision.
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