California Woman Killed in Truck Accident

A truck accident claimed the life of a San Diego woman on January 24, according to East County Magazine. The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Amanda Jean Blessum, 19, from Ramona.

Blessum slid across the wet pavement in her Kia Spectra before a propane tanker truck slammed into her car. The collision occurred just after 2 p.m.

“Due to her unsafe speed for conditions (wet roadway), she failed to maintain control of her vehicle,” says California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings. “She crossed over the solid double yellow line directly into the path of a 2010 International Propane truck.”

Police pronounced Blessum dead on the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt. Pennings said the truck driver, 62-year-old Richard Leroy, braked and swerved to avoid the collision but was unable to avoid it. He did not suffer any injuries.

Traffic fatalities in California have declined every year since 2006, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2,715 people were killed on California roads in 2010, down from 3,090 in 2009 and 4,240 in 2006. Drivers must continue to exercise caution, especially around commercial trucks and when road conditions are poor.

Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego wrongful death attorney.



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