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Lawsuit Filed Against LAPD Following Deadly Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on May 17, 2010

The parents of Devin Leigh Petelski, who was killed following a car crash with a Los Angeles Police Department Patrol car on October 15, 2009, have filed a lawsuit against the police department, the LA Times reports. 

Petelski, who was 25 at the time of the incident and working as a substance abuse counselor, had entered the intersection of Venice Boulevard and Glyndon Avenue when a patrol car, driven by LAPD officers Ramon Vasquez and James Eldridge on Venice Boulevard, struck Petelski’s vehicle. The accident spun the police car, which slammed into a tree and traffic sign. Petelski was hospitalized and died two days after the accident from her injuries.

The Petelski’s lawsuit alleges negligence, citing that the patrol car was driving above the posted speed limit of forty miles per hour and that the officers were using neither lights nor sirens to warn other motorists as they sped.  According to LAPD Commander Stuart Maislin, the police department had recently implemented a policy before the crash that required all officers to use both lights and sirens when exceeding the speed limit in response to an emergency. Vasquez and Eldridge were responding to a burglary call, however they had not told dispatchers that they were responding to the call, and there was another unit that had already been dispatched to respond.

If you have lost a loved one in an a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact experienced and compassionated wrongful death attorneys who will fight for your legal rights during your time of need.  At the Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we offer free consultations and you won’t pay legal fees until we successfully settle your case.

Labor Day Crash in the Central Valley

By Renee Nordstrand on September 9, 2009

A woman was killed this Labor Day weekend when she ran a stop sign while allegedly talking on her cell phone.  She was hit head-on by a truck that had the right of way, ripping her car into two pieces.  No one in the truck was hurt.

In 2007, there were 3,557 fatal accident collisions, according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.  Cell phone usage is often cited as one of the contributing factors to car accidents that result in serious property damage or personal injury.  Besides avoiding cell phone use, there are several other simple steps you can take to prevent car accidents according to, such as avoiding tailgating on the freeway, knowing your blind spots, and checking both ways twice before entering an intersection.

Sometimes even the most cautious and conscientious drivers are involved in accidents due to the negligent actions of others.  If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident and you think another party may be responsible, Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand can help. With our decades of experience, we aggressively pursue fair compensation for victims of negligent driving.

Family of Man Killed in Golf Accident Awarded Large Settlement

By Renee Nordstrand on September 1, 2009

The family of an Irvine, California man who was killed at an annual golf retreat in 2007 was awarded a $1.5 million settlement this week after a jury found the golf course responsible for the incident that led to his tragic death.

Edwin Payne, 65, was golfing at the Pala Mesa Golf Resort in Fallbrook with work colleagues when he attempted to make a U-Turn at the second hole.  Payne was unable to make the tight turn and lost control of the cart, sending him over a small curb and down a 40 foot slope, eventually plunging off an 80-foot cliff and onto Highway 395.

The golf course had no signs warning golfers that beyond the curb and surrounding foliage lay an 80 foot cliff.

This incident could have been prevented had the golf course taken steps to warn their patrons of the dangerous nearby cliff.

In situations like this the victim’s loved ones and families can consult with experienced personal injury attorneys to pursue legal action.  Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand will prove a company’s responsibility to maintain a safe premise and protect all patrons from harm with prominently displayed signage.  We can help attain fair compensation to cover the damages that come with serious injury or death.