SPRING VALLEY, California (SAN DIEGO COUNTY) — Pamela LeBlanc, 45, of Spring Valley was killed Monday morning after being struck by a driver who mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake in front of Casa De Oro Dry Cleaners at Campo Road and Bonita Street, according to a San Diego County Medical Examiner report and news reports on the incident.

According to the reports, LeBlanc was walking with her 20-year-old daughter through the doors of the dry cleaner when the driver of a Pontiac G6 crashed into her and the store and landed on top of her about 10:51 a.m. Good Samaritans who witnessed the crash including an employee from Sam’s Tune Up auto repair shop worked feverishly to free her from underneath the Pontiac.

After she was freed from underneath the vehicle she was transported by paramedics to Sharp Memorial Hospital where she was treated. Despite efforts to save her life, Miss LeBlanc died at 11:59 a.m., roughly an hour after her arrival at the medical facility, the coroner said.

“The doors to the dry cleaning facility open directly into the path of the drive-through passageway creating a dangerous condition,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “Both the driver and the owner of the dry cleaning facility can be held liable to the victim’s family for this woman’s wrongful death.”

In a news report by ABC 10 News San Diego, the owner of the dry cleaning shop was quoted as saying he plans to redesign the dry cleaning facility’s drive-through so that an accident such as this one will never happen again.

San Diego, California Wrongful Death Law

Under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 377.60, the survivors of victims killed in a crash caused by a negligent driver may sue the responsible person for their wrongful death. The damages they can recover are meant to compensate the individual for their loss of everything from financial support, funeral expenses and medical costs to the pecuniary value of their companionship and loss of consortium, said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm.

“Although the loss of a loved one can be devastating on a family both emotionally and financially, the main reason our clients contact us is because they want to find justice for their family member whose death should never have happened,” Thomas said.

In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

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