Efren Ruiz, 49, was killed in a Victorville car crash, which officials say may have been caused by another driver who ran a stop sign at a street intersection. According to a news article in The Victorville Daily Press, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Lindero Street, the afternoon of July 8, 2012. Police say Ruiz was traveling south on Cypress Avenue when his Ford Expedition SUV was struck on the side by a car traveling west on Lindero Street. Ruiz was transported to a local hospital where he died. His passengers were also hospitalized, but no details are available. Officials say the other driver may have run a stop sign at the intersection. An investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Efren Ruiz for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 16 fatalities and 261 injuries involving Victorville car accidents in 2009. During the same year, 223 people died and 7,870 were injured as a result of San Bernardino County car accidents.
Stop Sign Violation
Based on this news report, this fatal crash occurred at a street intersection, which is controlled by a two-way stop sign. Traffic on Lindero Street is required to stop and yield the right of way to vehicles on Cypress Avenue. In this particular case, officials believe that the other driver failed to yield the right of way to the victim’s vehicle.
California law requires drivers to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and proceed with caution. According to California Vehicle Code Section 21802 (a): “The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within, an intersection shall stop as required by Section 22450. The driver shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles which have approached from another highway, or which are approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to those vehicles until he or she can proceed with reasonable safety.”
Fault and Liability
If the other driver is determined to have been at fault here, he or she can be held liable for Ruiz’s wrongful death. Where negligence is involved, families of deceased accident victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.