Coachella, CA (August 11, 2020) – An unnamed teacher from Westside Elementary School was killed on the night of Friday, August 8th, after she was struck by an SUV along Avenue 50 in Coachella.

As stated by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, there was a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Jason Verdugo Jr. and caused his SUV to swerve off the roadway and onto a sidewalk where it collided with the teacher and one other pedestrian.

The shooting victim was traveling along Avenue 50 when he was hit by a bullet that was shot from another vehicle. A passenger in the victim’s SUV told his mother that the shooting was deliberate and gang-related, but the victim’s family maintains that Verdugo Jr. was not affiliated with any gangs.

One of the pedestrians that was struck by the SUV sustained minor injuries. The elementary school teacher, however, suffered fatal injuries.

Police are treating this incident as a homicide, but has not yet been verified as gang-related.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Coachella

Coachella, CA - Fatal Pedestrian Accident on Ave 50

According to research conducted under the direction of the Department of Public Health, the state of California sees approximately 13,000 pedestrians who sustain moderate to severe accident-related injuries each year. 

The loss of a loved one is always a distressing, heartbreaking experience but when someone you love was taken from you in an avoidable accident that was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, the devastation and emotional trauma cut much deeper. While their life may be over in an instant, your pain and suffering will not be. 

The California wrongful death attorneys at Richard Harris Law empathize with what you and your family are going through. Our firm’s case history includes a prolific number of wrongful death cases with successful outcomes favoring our clients. 

Decades of collective experience have given us direct insight into the reasoning and acuity used by our legal system, meaning that our first-rate wrongful death attorneys can readily identify the steps you need to take in order to build an effective California personal injury case

We take an enormous amount of pride in our professional reliability and reputation, along with the immense amount of knowledge and skill we have developed that has empowered us to improve and evolve as personal injury attorneys. 

If another person’s negligent or careless behavior was the cause of your loved one’s death, then we wholeheartedly suggest that you reach out to us and make an appointment with one of our dedicated wrongful death attorneys by giving our law offices a call at 702-444-4444. 

Your first consultation with us will include a free assessment of your California wrongful death claim. Once we are familiar with your case, we will be able to recommend the best legal path towards the positive outcome of your case.

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