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Family Of Teen Hit By Car In Wildomar Files Claim Against City

On the afternoon of Aug. 16, 2011, Kaitlyn Parra was struck by a Mitsubishi Lancer on Prielipp Road in Wildomar after exiting an RTA bus at a posted stop.

An attorney representing a teen who was struck by a car in Wildomar is claiming the city owes his client monetary compensation because she “was negligently and improperly transported to a dangerous and unsafe location near a poorly located bus stop.”

City staff disagrees and is recommending that its city council members reject the claim.

At the time of the incident, Cpl. Courtney Donowho, spokeswoman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, said the teen exited the bus, walked in front of it, and was struck by the car that was traveling westbound on Prielipp.  

Kaitlyn was 16 at the time of the incident.

According to the claim filed on behalf of Kaitlyn and her parents by San Diego-based Ritter and Associates, the teen “suffered severe and serious head injuries as well as fractured legs … and was in a coma for about two months.”

“The RTA bus stop constituted a dangerous and unsafe condition at its location and was improperly utilized and sited as a RTA bus stop location,” according to the claim.

“… Wildomar allegedly approved, sanctioned and permitted the siting of the bus stop … ,” the claim continued.

A call to Ritter and Associates was not immediately returned.

Wildomar City Council will consider the claim June 13 during its regularly scheduled meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. at 23873 Clinton Keith Road. (Click here to read the full agenda.)

Shortly after the incident, community members numbering in the hundreds rallied in support of the Parra family during a candlelight vigil. ( to read that story.) Then during the Murrieta Valley High School homecoming game last September, special tribute was paid to Kaitlyn, who was a student senior at the school.

“For the last six weeks, we bonded to support Kaitlyn and her family,” said Carol Stickles, a Murrieta-based family friend. Stickles made her comments prior to the big game. “Kaitlyn remains in stable condition in the ICU and continues to slowly show progress. As a community, we continue to pray and help as much as we can,” Stickles said at the time.

To help the family with medical expenses, Stickles and others spearheaded a fundraising campaign that kicked off at the game. to read more about that effort.

Mike June 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Just another example of someone making a mistake, and the ambulance chasers have them convinced it's everyone's fault but her's.
Ken Mayes June 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
This teenager walked in front of the bus which would have had her jay-walking from the blind side to west bound traffic, this is the cities fault how? If she had crossed behind the bus this would have put her at a corner and in view of west bound traffic, even then if she would have gotten hit it would be the cities fault because? The sheriff's department got it part right, this was a preventable accident, preventable on the teenager's part.
Barbara Hensley June 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
alot of rta bus stops are dangerous. unsafe toget to and hard to cross street to get back to the right side of the street. I always go behind the bus but then it is hard to see the traffic coming at me on the otherside of the road. Riverside and Grand. No cross walks no lights no nothing.
Brad June 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM
You want to know whats dangerous? Is the cross walk between the Target shopping center and The Home Depot Center. It tells you to walk and at the same time gives a green light to vehicles turning INTO the cross walk.
Peaches1960 June 11, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Ken, I couldn't agree with you more.
Susimom June 12, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Brad, I agree with you. I always stop for crosswalkers, and cars behind me are nuts! They honk and try to get around me. I don't budge. Its not worth it. And I'm not an attorney, but from the pictures, the bus stop doesn't look dangerous at all. If she had gone to the back of the bus, she would have seen the car coming. am I wrong?
Ken Mayes June 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
If she had gone to the back of the bus she would not only have seen the car that hit her she would have been at a corner, the proper crossing point instead she chose to jay-walk.
Brad June 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
That bus stop does appear to be dangerous. The only place to walk down the lane. There should be a sidewalk there, even if it's just for "standing". There is no law on the books that says a pedestrian needs to walk to the back of the bus, which would be the smart thing to do. The truth is that Kaitlyn was 16 at the time of the incident according to the article, and you can't really expect somebody that young to know to do that. If the city of Wildomar abated that brush (which is also a an extreme fire hazard) it may have given her a passage way to walk down the road. I would find the city at fault, as well as RTA. Judging from the photo that would be a great place for a stop sign and cross walk.
Ken Mayes June 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Better to cross at the back of the bus, a corner would be better. At least from the back of the bus the traffic you have a hard time seeing is at least one lane over and the driver has time to react instead of at the front of the bus where you step right into a moving vehicle that you can't see nor can they see you. Cross walks also provide nothing in the way of safety if you step in front of a moving vehicle.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 12, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Wildomar has limited resources. It's still a baby city trying to grow. Lawsuits are painful here.
Martha L. Bridges June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The people of Wildomar pay dearly for a city attorney, planning director, city council and city staff to do due diligence in reviewing development projects and installation of infrastructure including stop signs and cross walks. If they were willing to actually do their jobs and follow the law and safety regulations rather than getting involved just at political and ego levels, there would be far less expensive lawsuits. Before and all through the hay days of the runaway development leading up to the bursting of the real estate bubble, logic and cautions were pushed aside, and developers were allowed to proceed with projects without careful review of their plans and designs. Most importantly, they were allowed to build without installing necessary infrastructure. Houses were built without underlying flood control; parks were opened without sewer connections and ADA compliance was sadly neglected in the rush to allow more development. Now we get to pay the price for those mistakes - when we can least afford it – a price which is paid not only in dollars, but in personal injury and loss of life. Trouble is, even with all these lawsuits, Wildomar is continuing down this self-destructive path.
T June 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Crossing the street in front of the bus or the back left her with and in a blind spot. Maybe as a 16 year old, that should have been taught by her parents as a younger child to cross the street, she SHOULD have waited for the bus to LEAVE and have a clear view of traffic before crossing the street. Pedestrians think they have the right away a lot of times when they don't, even when a crosswalk is there you have to make sure it is safe to cross before entering the street. This lawyer should have filed this claim against her parents!
Ken Mayes June 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Brad there most certainly is a law governing crossing the street its called Darwin's Law, you step in front of a moving vehicle as a pedestrian and you are going to lose. As for the state rule it is CVC 21954 (a) Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. At what age does a person have to be to have enough sense not to step in front of a moving vehicle? Maybe at the age in which you get hit the first time, hopefully you live to remember the lesson learned. Don't count on the parents to teach their children the proper method of crossing a street either all you need to do is go by any school and observe the parents jay-walking with their children not 50 feet from a light and if you dare call them on it you will catch the rath of a privileged person. Martha, Wildomar is no different than any town in the world, money corrupts
Tonto June 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The problem is the redistribution of wealth mentality cancer that is killing the nation :( Line a jury with liberals and sob a terrific sob story and cash in.
Martha L. Bridges June 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree, Ken. Wildomar is not unique in its problems or its corruption or its shortcomings. But it is my home and I believe we should all take an active part in shaping what is being done or not done in our city. Too many people stand by and think "let George do it", and then things don't get done or get done right.
Tonto June 12, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Pile on more ADA regulations right?
Susimom June 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I have 5 kids, and by the age of 16, common sense about safety kicks in. You don't have to hold the hand of your 16 year old when crossing the street. Why? Because self preservation tells them NOT to step in the roadway. This was a tragic accident. Tragic. But to sit back and play the blame game is fruitless. She should have waited, the city should knock the weeds down, the car that hit her should have been more cautious. We can go on and on. The bottom line is she's gone and that is terrible. I just can't understand what amount of money will Make the parents heart heal. Is it 200,000? It is 500,000? It is a million? Are the parents being billed for emergency services because they may or may not have taught their daughter how to cross the road? It was an accident. These things happen. So sad but they do happen.
Martha L. Bridges June 12, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I am not suggesting piling on more ADA regulations, just following the law and enforcing the ones already on the books. It's all about doing the right thing for those people who need access and assistance to go about daily life. If you had to deal with the problems they face in doing the most basic things, you would see the necessity for ADA regs. I know, I was wheelchair bound for over half a year and understand the problems people confront..
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM
That poor wheelchair.
Tonto June 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Yes, we try to help those in need then we see abuse where all business owners live in fear of the ADA bandits.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
TONTO- The ADA has caused 'scouts' to go around to businesses pretending to want to work, then they look around the facility to see if there's any areas that are not wheelchair accessible, then they leave peacefully. Later the business owner is notified and at this point anything can happen, ranging from a simple order to fix the area, to fines, to a lawsuit... (Martha's ears perk up). The ADA ain't cheap. And for those decent people that are disabled, it's a lot easier to absorb the cost and help them out. But for the vicious exploiters, I'd like to see the ADA dissolve. At least the skateboarders like all the curb cuts (ramps). ____________________________ Nobama 2012
Tonto June 13, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I know many business owners hit hard by these redistribution of wealth thieves. There needs to be REFORM against this garbage :(
hippa June 14, 2012 at 02:53 AM
and no matter who is at fault, a young teen is in the ICU with sever injuries. Her life is forever changed. Let's think about her and her family and not who is at fault. When the outcome of the lawsuit is finalized we will know who is truly at fault but this girls life will never be the same. That to me is more important then fighting over how she should have exited the bus....

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