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UPDATE: Jade Maldonado Killed In Hit-And-Run Car Accident While Walking To Pacific High School in San Bernardino; 55-year-old Driver Arrested

Oct 9, 2018

14-year-old  Jade Maldonado Died In Hit-And-Run Car Accident While Walking To Pacific High School; Driver Believed To Be Responsible Arrested In San Bernardino

 SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA (October 8, 2018) A 14-year-old Pacific High School student identified as Jade Maldonado has tragically died after she was involved in a car accident with a hit-and-run driver.

Jade Maldonado was walking in a marked crosswalk by Glasgow Avenue and Pacific Street when the car accident took place. She was taken to the Loma Linda Medical Center in order to undergo surgery but later died as a result of her injuries.

Jade Maldonado was walking to Pacific High School when she was struck by a 2004 GMC SUV. CHP officers have arrested Charlean Larue Welch and charged her with vehicular manslaughter.

Family, friends and students at Pacific High School gathered to honor the victim at a memorial following the hit-and-run accident.

An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time. A Go Fund Me has been created in order to help the victim’s family.

Pedestrian Safety For Children Walking To School

Children all across the United States walk to and from school every day. It has been estimated that children ages 10 – 14 are the most of risk of being killed or seriously injured in a pedestrian collision. Certain times are more problematic than others. For example, children are injured most in September and October. There are a number of steps that parents can take to help their children be safe as they are going to school. These may include:

  • Teach your children about pedestrian safety.

  • Train them to be attentive in crosswalks and keep their phones put away. Children pick up their parents habits, even the bad ones.

  • Have your child follow a planned route. In many circumstances schools will have suggested routes that keep children away from busier roads.

  • Most children do not develop the ability to judge the safety of intersections until they are 9 – 11. It’s best to walk with them in a supervised fashion until they develop these skills.

Having a child be seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident is every parent’s worst nightmare. A pedestrian accident attorney can evaluate the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Liability In Pedestrian Accidents

There may be numerous sources of potential negligence in a pedestrian accident. For example, a driver could be negligent and simply not paying attention. If a driver leaves the scene of an accident that causes great bodily injury that is a felony and they will likely face both criminal and civil liability for their actions. Moreover, cities could also be responsible for an accident if a dangerous condition in the roadway contributed to the crash. A number of intersections in California lack basic safety features like stop signs. Victims of a pedestrian accident may have the ability to file a negligence claim in order to be compensated for their injuries or loss.

Getting Help From A Pedestrian Accident Attorney

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of  Jade Maldonado. It is our sincere hope that this family gets justice for what has happened to them. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me that has been set up for her family. What happened is a complete tragedy.

Have you or someone that you love been involved in a hit-and-run collision? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys can investigate your case and let you know if you have a claim that can be pursued. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and are committed to getting our clients justice. Whether you have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel we are here to help (888) 888-9285.


  1. Beatriz E. Valenzuela. Woman arrested in hit-and-run death of San Bernardino high school student. October 8, 2018.

  2. FindLaw. Pedestrian Accidents Overview. October 9, 2018.

  3. About Kids Health. Pedestrian safety for children. 2018

  4. Go Fund Me. RIP JADE MALDONADO. 2018

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