Fatal Bakersfield Car Accident

February 5, 2011

Rashenna Natasha Powell, 22, was killed in a Bakersfield car accident after her vehicle collided head-on with another car the evening of January 28, 2011. According to a news report in The Bakersfield California, the fatal car accident occurred in the 1000 block of Mount Vernon Avenue near Kentucky Street in East Bakersfield.

Officials say Powell was driving a 2007 Toyota south on Mount Vernon when the car went over the center median after a lane change, traveled into opposing lanes of traffic and struck a northbound Ford driven by Ma G. Ramos Figueroa. Powell sustained fatal injuries. Figueroa sustained minor injuries. One of his passengers, 18-year-old Samantha Jimenez suffered moderate injuries while an 8-month-old infant, Valentina Banuelos, sustained relatively minor injuries.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rashenna Natasha Powell for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. My heart also goes out to the injured victims of this car accident. I pray for their speedy and complete recovery.

Car Accidents

According to California Highway Patrol's 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 29 fatalities and 1,111 injuries happened due to car accidents in Bakersfield. In Kern County as a whole, 103 people died and 3,460 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.

Laws and Liability Issues

Based on this news report, it is not clear how or why Powell lost control of the vehicle. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a): "Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section."

If Powell is determined to have been at fault, the injured victims in this case could seek compensation from her estate or liability insurance. CHP officials are also looking into witness reports stating that Powell was a passenger in the Toyota and that the driver took off after the accident. If that was the case, the negligent driver could be held liable for the wrongful death and injuries caused here. An experienced Bakersfield personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims or their families in such cases about their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

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