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Independence Day crash was preventable

Posted: July 7, 2010 3:39 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Regarding the tragic fatal car crash that killed a mother and injured others on July 4 near Westfield Valencia Town Center: I was there with my family and 11- and 14-year-old kids.

Unfortunately, I, as well as my kids, witnessed the tragic accident; we were seated 300 feet from the curb. I just feel that we as citizens should ask ourselves the question: “Was the accident preventable?”

The  answer is, “Yes!” Both drivers could have prevented the accident if either had been alert.

The city is also at fault for not providing a safe environment for the people. They should have been better prepared to deal with unruly speeding cars because, like the woman driving the Infiniti, there where many, many other cars speeding.

Both drivers are at fault, and so is the city. Last year, I was there, and there was more organized authority patrolling the area.

I was there until 11:30 p.m. and talking to other bystanders. We feel the city is liable for planning an event and making sure viewers are safe and protected from tragic, fatal accidents like the one that took place.

If (Valencia Boulevard) would have been closed to traffic, that mother and her family would today be home safe and sound, and my son, daughter, sister and myself would not be having nightmares of the tragic crash.

My son has not been able to sleep and keeps crying about the dead woman’s body that lay covered with a white blanket hours after the crash.

The city should at least feel obligated to offer counseling to the bystanders who are suffering from post-traumatic stress.


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