Noel Bascon Killed in Costa Mesa Crash near Junipero and Arlington Drives; Richard Lavalle Arrested


Noel Bascon Killed in Costa Mesa Bicycle Crash near Junipero and Arlington Drives

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Noel Bascon Killed in Costa Mesa Bicycle Crash near Junipero and Arlington Drives

Costa Mesa, California – Noel Bascon, 12, of Costa Mesa was killed in a vehicle vs bicycle crash that led to the arrest of a suspected DUI driver in the area of Junipero and Arlington drives Sunday evening.

According to Costa Mesa police, Bascon was riding a bike along with his father in the area when he tried to cross the street in a crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle traveling east on Arlington Drive and which failed to stop for a stop sign.

The crash happened just before 5:55 p.m. December 6.

The impact threw Bascon into the air. A witness tried performed CPR on Bascon until the emergency crews arrived.

The crews continued performing life-saving measures on the boy before he was transported to a hospital.

Sadly, Bascon succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the involved vehicle, Richard Lavalle, 59, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of murder, DUI, and a parole violation. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Lee Anna Diaz Murphy, 56, of Artesia, was taken into custody for possession of controlled substances and unlawful paraphernalia.

The crash remains under investigation.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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