Bakersfield jury awards $15M in wrongful death case

Mom of two killed in hit and run

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A jury awarded the family of Tiffany Paregien $15 million after Paregien and her mother were killed in a hit-and-run accident by a big rig hauling two trailers of produce at Panama Road and Union Avenue.

The accident occurred just two days after Christmas in 2010. The women were walking with the right-of-way in a crosswalk.

Tiffany Paregien died after being taken to Kern Medical Center.  She was 28-years-old and the mother of two young children.

"Tiffany left behind two beautiful children and this verdict will help provide for their future well-being," said partner Ricardo Echeverria of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP. "This terrible tragedy could have been averted, but this verdict will allow for some relief for the family and hopefully some measure of closure," stated Echeverria.

Echeverria, along with partner Scott Howry of Young Wooldridge LLP and associate Danica Dougherty of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP, represented Tiffany's children in this action.

"I'm proud that we were able to help this family receive some restitution," added Howry. "While we are ecstatic that the jury sided with the family, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them."

The jury found Antonio Oliva responsible for killing Paregien while in the course and scope of his work for Emiliano Perez and E&M Trucking. The truck Oliva was driving when Paregien and her mother were killed was owned by Perez and E&M Trucking. 

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