Giovanni Valle, 13, was struck and killed in a DUI crash in Riverside while walking to school the morning of November 12, 2014.
According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal crash, which officials say involved a driver under the influence of prescription drugs, occurred at the intersection of Sierra Street and Streeter Avenue.
Officials say the eighth grader was walking east
on Sierra Street across a marked crosswalk at Streeter when a 44-year-old man ran a red light and struck the boy. Valle died from his injuries at a local hospital. The driver stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends of Giovanni Valle for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Our hearts also go out to all the young people who witnessed this horrific accident. We hope they have access to grief counseling, which can play a very important part in the healing process after witnessing a traumatic incident.
Riverside Pedestrian Accidents
There were five fatalities and 78 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the city of Riverside, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Riverside County as a whole, 45 people died and 373 were injured due to pedestrian collisions during the same year.
Violation of Several Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that driver was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the collision. Police also say he ran a red light at the intersection and struck the boy who was legally crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence alcohol or drugs, which includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It is also illegal to fail to stop for a red light and fail to yield to a pedestrian walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Fault and Liability
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
An experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer will also be able to advise victims’ families if a dangerous roadway condition may have caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.
Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a governmental entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.