Kenneth Pentoney II, 22, was killed in a Riverside car accident when his pickup truck veered out of control and crashed into two utility poles. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal car crash occurred near 6078 Jurupa Avenue in Riverside, during the early hours of May 16, 2012. Officials say Pentoney lost control of his pickup before the collision. He was partially ejected by the collision. Officials are still looking into what caused this fatal car accident.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Kenneth Pentoney II following this tragic car accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Riverside Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 28 fatalities and 1,408 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Riverside. During that same year, 203 people were killed and 7,974 were injured as a result of car accidents, countywide.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news article, Pentoney lost control of his pickup. However, there are several unanswered questions here. Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction in Pentoney’s pickup truck, which may have caused it to go out of control? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to the incident? Was this accident caused by driver error? Were other vehicles involved in this crash? Why was Pentoney partially ejected? Was he wearing his seatbelt or was he ejected because of a defective seatbelt? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what led to this car crash.
It would be in the family’s best interests to preserve the vehicle in its current condition unaltered so an expert can carefully examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable. If an auto defect or seatbelt defect caused the accident or fatal injuries, the automaker can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to car accident victims or their families.