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Big Rig Fatally Strikes Pedestrian Kimberly Renteria as She Crosses Street in Murrieta

MURRIETA (February 21, 2014) – Pedestrian Kimberly Renteria was tragically and fatally struck by a big rig truck on Friday morning.

Murrieta Hot Springs Road at Madison Avenue

Murrieta Hot Springs Road at Madison Avenue

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.


  1. Jan Elmquist Parker

    Shame on you! Let the facts be determined first before you place blame on the truck driver. What if a pedestrian was jaywalking with earphones in or texting. Just shame, shame on this lawfirm!!!!

  2. Agreed. Shame, shame shame.

  3. Shame on the driver, she was walking, had the right.

  4. Kristi Sponheim Parmelee

    Kimberly was a co-worker, she was crossing on a green and had the right of way. the truck driver also had a green but by california law is to stop at the limit line and then proceed after verifying the way was clear from pedestrians and bicyclists. Regardless of cell phone use or not, the driver hit a pedestrian walking legally. We are all devastated by this as she was on her way to work and was within 5 minutes of being at work. Remember these cases are about REAL people who are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, co-workers. RIP Kim

  5. Addie Peralta Robles

    Facts are; a lady lost her life because someone was not paying attention as he driving. If he was paying attention, he would have seen she was crossing and stopped to let her cross. The last time I checked, I believe the pedestrian is given the right of way. RIP Kimberly Renteria.

  6. The company owning truck and employing driver must be held accountable for this horrific crime

  7. Brittany Peevyhouse

    thats my husbands mom she always fallowd the rules the truck driver is to blame and i prey jhon
    wins the lawsuit!!!!

  8. for everyone instead of bashing before the facts there are what we call blind spots and trucks have a lot more and its a great possibility he just did not see her I don't know as none of us know and accidents happen and the man was clearly distraught according to the story

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