Jonell Eulalia Davis, 24, was fatally injured in a San Bernardino County car accident when the 2002 Pontiac in which she was a passenger crashed head-on into a 1996 Honda. According to a news article in The Press-Enterprise, the collision occurred along Fort Irwin Road between Fort Irwin and Barstow, the night of April 30, 2012. Officials say 23-year-old Chazarey Davis turned the Pontiac into oncoming traffic and struck the Honda driven by 23-year-old Diore Trammell. Davis died at the scene of the accident. Trammell suffered major injuries as did Chazarey Davis. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jonell Eulalia Davis who are mourning their loved one’s tragic loss. I also wish the injured victims here the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
San Bernardino Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 83 people were killed and 1,704 were injured due to car accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. During that same year, there were 223 fatalities and 7,870 injuries reported as a result of car accidents, countywide.
What Caused This Fatal Accident?
Based on this news report, the driver of the Pontiac turned into oncoming traffic. It is unclear if an auto defect, dangerous roadway condition or driver negligence was a contributing factor in the accident. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a) states: “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”
In this particular case, it would be a good idea to preserve the Pontiac so it can be carefully examined for auto defects, malfunctions and other evidence. If a defective vehicle or vehicle part led to the accident, the automaker or the manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. If the driver is determined to have been at fault, the severely injured victim, Trammell, can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for his injuries and other losses sustained. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.