Fatal Highway 79 Crash Injures 1, Kills a Child

An 8-year-old girl was killed in a traffic collision in Temecula on Sunday evening, July 24th.

The accident occurred at about 6:25 p.m. on Highway 79 according to CHP.

It was set off by a Honda Pilot that was heading west before it veered off the right shoulder. 

When it overcorrected, the Honda then swerved into traffic on the eastbound side, colliding with a Chevrolet Silverado.

The driver of the Silverado, 46-year-old Benjamini Mauldini, was hospitalized with major injuries along with his 43-year-old female passenger. 

In addition, a 12-year-old girl in the same vehicle also suffered minor injuries. 

Sadly, the 8-year-old passenger of the Honda died as a result of the collision. There were also two other children, 12 and 5, that were occupants of the Honda. They were transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center with major injuries. 

The female driver of the Honda was also hospitalized with major injuries and arrested on DUI, gross vehicular manslaughter, and child endangerment charges. 

An active investigation remains underway.

In 2020, studies showed that the state of California reported 3,723 motor-vehicle deaths which was an increase from 2019. 

In the U.S. one’s odds of dying in a car accident is around 1 in 107.

Always make sure to wear a seatbelt, obey traffic laws, and avoid distractions while driving.

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may be entitled to wrongful death benefits.

Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.

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