RIVERSIDE, California (October 10, 2016) — Nicholas Bendell, 37, of Lake Elsinore was killed late Friday afternoon when they were struck by a pickup truck on Van Buren Boulevard, about half a mile west of Plummer Avenue, a report by the Riverside County Fire Department and Coroner said.
The fatal crash took place about 5:47 p.m., just west of Plummer Road. There was an emergency response by CAL FIRE/Riverside County Firefighters, but the victim died of their injuries. There were no other reported injuries.
The fatal crash is under investigation by police to determine liability.
Although initial reports indicate Bendell may have been jaywalking, it’s important that there is no rush to judgement. Pedestrians may cross a road outside of a crosswalk if it is safe to do so. Police will determine whether any other circumstances may have been involved. For example, they will investigate whether the motorist was speeding or if any other traffic violations were present.
Riverside County Accident Statistics
There were 208 people killed including 7,329 injured in all 2013 collisions reported in Riverside County to the California Highway Patrol. This includes 44 pedestrians killed and 297 injured in the county that year.
Help for Families
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Nicolas Bendell as they cope with this devastating news. We know how difficult it is to handle legal issues when you are grieving or have been injured in a collision. Johnson Attorneys Group can help by protecting your legal rights and obtaining the best possible settlement for all of your losses. We have offices in Riverside County and throughout California, call us today for a free and confidential consultation at 800-235-6801.
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