Ricardo Marin, 14, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after he was struck by a car while crossing a street. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Ricardo was hit the night of September 9, 2009 by a 1994 Toyota that was headed south on Cedar Avenue near Rialto Avenue in Rialto, California. Ricardo was taken to an area hospital where he died shortly after the accident. Rialto police officials say their preliminary investigation has determined that Ricardo was riding his skateboard across Cedar Avenue at the time of the accident.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of young Ricardo Marin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this boy. Please keep them in your prayers.
San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four deaths and 34 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in Rialto, California. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 50 deaths and 432 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of pedestrian accidents.
Based on this news report, there is not much information about the circumstances of this fatal car accident other than the fact that Ricardo was crossing the street. There are several questions that remain. Was Ricardo skateboarding in a crosswalk? Was the driver of the Toyota speeding, under the influence or distracted at the time of the collision? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway that caused or contributed to this fatal pedestrian accident? The answers to these questions will help determine how or why the collision occurred and also whether there was any negligence involved here.
California Car Accident Liability Issues
In these types of cases, it is in the best interest of the victim’s family to consult an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will analyze every angle, identify the negligent parties and hold them liable. It is important to question whether the motorist was acting legally and responsibly or had caused the collision. If the driver was negligent in some way he or she could be held liable for Ricardo’s fatal injuries.
If a dangerous roadway caused or contributed to this accident, the governmental agency responsible for maintaining that roadway could be held liable as well. Please remember that any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident and injury. A California car accident lawyer will also be able to tell the family whether they have a wrongful death claim here. Such claims usually compensate families of deceased victims for funeral expenses, loss of wages (if applicable) and other related damages.