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One Dead and Two Injured in Orange County Car Accident


Roberta Coder, 82, has died after sustaining critical injuries in an Orange County car accident the afternoon of November 30, 2009. However, officials say that her death was due to natural causes unrelated to the accident. Coder was traveling in one of two cars that collided at the intersection of Mesa Drive and Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa, The Orange County Register reports. A Chevy Trailblazer was going west on Mesa and collided with a Ford Focus, which was northbound on Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa police said.

Coder was taken to a hospital in critical condition soon after the crash. Also, 31-year-old Albert Calleros, who complained of pain and 45-year-old Doris Striffler, who sustained a hip fracture, were both transported to an area hospital. Costa Mesa police are looking for witnesses to this car crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Costa Mesa Police Department at 714-754-5264.

Car Accidents in Orange County

I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Roberta Coder. My heart also goes out to Albert Calleros and Doris Striffler, who sustained serious injuries in this accident. I wish them both the very best for a fast and complete recovery. Please keep these injured victims and their families in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 11 fatalities and 855 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in Costa Mesa, California. In Orange County as a whole, 178 people died and 14,185 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2007.

Who Caused this Car Crash?

Based on this news report, it is not clear who was at fault here. It appears now, that is what Costa Mesa police are also trying to determine by seeking more eyewitnesses. I also wonder about the doctor’s finding that Coder did not die as the result of critical injuries sustained in the car accident. If I were a family member of the victim I would definitely want to find out more about this accident and if negligence on the part of someone else resulted in the collision.

In any car accident that occurs at an intersection or at a light, there is a possibility that one of the vehicles did not yield right-of-way or that one of the vehicles ran a red light. I trust officials are trying to determine which one of these vehicles failed to yield right-of-way and caused the crash. Victims of such accidents can file compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages or even wrongful death against the negligent parties. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to guide injured victims and their families through the process and advise them about their legal rights and options.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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