Juan Ramos, 47, was killed in an auto accident when a driver who ran a red light at the Harbor City street intersection of Western and Lomita struck Ramos’ vehicle, according to a Daily Breeze news blog.
The accident occurred Sept. 2 when 20-year-old Rigoberto Santillan of Harbor City who was going north on Western Avenue ran a red light and slammed his Chevrolet Suburban into Ramos’ Jeep Cherokee. Ramos was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in this accident. Santillan reportedly suffered minor injuries and is expected to face vehicular manslaughter charges although he was not arrested.
The article describes Ramos as a “family man.” I will certainly keep his family in my prayers and offer my deepest condolences for their heartbreaking loss.
The report clearly states that Ramos had the green light and Santillan ran a red light causing the crash. There is no question that Santillan will be held criminally and civilly responsible for this tragic Harbor City auto accident. Whatever be the cause for his apparent negligence – speeding, distractions or just carelessness, he must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Juan Ramos’ family – spouse, children, or parents that he supported would be well within their rights to seek financial compensation from Santillan. His heirs have substantial rights to compensation, even if they were not being supported. The Ramos family would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Southern California auto accident attorney who will help them secure the compensation they rightfully deserve. If Santillan does not have auto insurance or sufficient coverage, then Ramos’ own auto insurance should be able to provide compensation under the “uninsured” or “underinsured” motorist coverage.
A knowledgeable Los Angeles car crash attorney will certainly look into whether the allegedly negligent driver, Santillan, was working for somebody or running errands at the time of the accident. In such cases, the driver and his or her employer could be held responsible for the auto accident.