MURRIETA (February 21, 2014) – Pedestrian Kimberly Renteria was tragically and fatally struck by a big rig truck on Friday morning.
The accident happened minutes before 9:00 a.m. on Murrieta Hot Springs Road east of Madison Avenue. According to eye witness, William Hurd, Renteria was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a big rig then knocked down under the truck. Renteria was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. She was 49 years old.
The driver of the big rig remained on the scene and seemed distraught according to witnesses. The road was shut down while investigators looked into what exactly happened and was later reopened. Pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way. This particular intersection is a four way intersection with crosswalks on all sides. The police will surely hold the truck driver liable for the incident, however it likely that his insurance company will refuse to accept full responsibility. Often, an insurance company will accept liability but refuse to accept full responsibility. The truck driver, and his insurance company should be held liable for the unnecessary and wrongful death of Kimberly Renteria.
With the increase in mobile phones, there has been an increase in drivers usign their phones and texting while driving or even watching videos while driving. Not only is this common practice illegal, it is dangerous to pedestrians and other drivers. Lawyers for Kimberly Renteria should immediate demand that the truck driver’s cell phone and cell phone records be preserved without any alterations. Also, many trucks have black boxes which save data. This data should also be preserved. Depending on the type of truck and type of black box, the information obtained includes trip activity, speed, RPM, engine load, maintenance, daily engine usage, idle time, and last stop records. El Dabe Law Firm has litigated several truck accident cases where the driver has submitted hand-written time logs, only to later be caught lying when the truck’s black box proved otherwise.
In this case, the truck driver is liable to Kimberly Renteria’s family for the loss of her love, companionship,comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support.