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Man Pleads Guilty in Wrongful Deaths of Two in Riverside

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Another wrongful death case is playing out here in Southern California. This time it involves the deaths of two people at a Riverside bus stop in 2012.

Joe Darnell Williams pleaded guilty this week on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. 46-year-old Williams, who has a history of blackouts, allegedly suffered a seizure when he sped through a green light and veered onto a sidewalk, striking a bus bench and killing 28-year-old Melissa Bernal and 7-year-old Aniya Mitchell. The girl’s parents were also severely injured.

Williams faces two wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of Melissa and Aniya. The lawsuits claim negligence on both Williams for driving with his condition as well as Riverside Community Hospital for allowing Williams to drive with a condition that causes seizures.

“I would never imagine my life would change because I would lose my little girl due to the negligence of one individual who would make such a poor choice that could affect our whole family,” Winstead Said.

Life is fragile and can slip through your fingers at a moment’s notice. If you have a loved one who has suffered from a wrongful death due to the negligence of another individual, you deserve to understand your rights.

Steven Elia is an experienced wrongful death attorney who has handled a variety of wrongful death cases. He can help you decide how to best proceed with your claim. To learn more about our firm and to schedule a no obligation consultation, call 619-444-2244 today.



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