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Caltrans Worker Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash


Jaime Obeso, 53, was killed in a car accident, which officials say involved a hit-and-run driver, the afternoon of June 7, 2011. According to a news report in the Imperial Valley Press, the fatal injury accident occurred at the Sunbeam Rest Area, near Drew Road, in Seeley. Obeso, a Caltrans worker was on the job, when Kyle Pearson, 42, driving a 2003 Ford crashed into the enclosed construction work zone and fatally struck him.

Obeso died at the scene of the crash. Pearson attempted to leave the accident site but his vehicle overturned. He was hospitalized with major injuries. Pearson was arrested shortly afterward by the authorities on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving as well as gross vehicular manslaughter.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family members, friends and co-workers of Jaime Obeso following this tragic hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 25 people were killed and 297 were injured as a result of car accidents in the unincorporated areas of Imperial County. During that same year, there were 34 fatalities and 475 injuries reported due to Imperial County car accidents.

What Caused This Fatal Car Accident?

It is unclear if the at-fault motorist was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, but he has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter. Additionally, the authorities report that the at-fault driver was attempting to flee the scene of the crash when his vehicle overturned.

California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Not only did this driver strike and fatally injure a Caltrans worker who was doing his job, but also fled the scene without stopping to help the victim. Despicable! I’m relieved to hear that the suspect has been apprehended and is facing charges.

Liability Issues

The family of a victim killed by a negligent driver may pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, compensation may be available for losses such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of companionship, and other related damages. An experienced California personal injury lawyer will be able to advise families of deceased victims about their legal rights and options.

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Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Imperial County on-the-job accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys California wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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