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November 2009 Archives

November 29 accident on Highway 65 near Terra Bella

On November 29 a GMC pickup and a smaller pickup were involved in a head-on collision on Highway 65  north of Avenue 112 near Terra Bella. Three occupants of the GMC were injured and were taken to local hospitals. A man and woman were taken to Sierra View District Hospital with chest and leg pains. A third occupant of the GMC was not breathing when firefighters arrived and she was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene of the accident. There may have been alcohol involved. The accident shut down Highway 65 in both directions for several hours. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 27 accident on Highway 198 in Visalia kills one and injures another

On November 27 a Visalia man was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree on Highway 198 near McAuliff Street. The man was driving a Chevrolet when the vehicle veered to the left, hit a tree and flipped. The man was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. The passenger in the vehicle suffered major injuries and was air lifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located just off of Highway 198 in Visalia. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Highway 180 extension in Fresno opening

On Thursday, December 3 a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the new extension of Highway 180 between Clovis and Temperance Avenues. There will also be a ground breaking for the widening of Highway 180 from two to four lanes between Temperance and Academy Avenues. Both of these projects will ease traffic for commuters. Federal stimulus money is being used to help cover the costs of the Temperance-Academy project. Expanding the highway from two lanes to four will not only cut down on traffic but will make the road safer for motorists. Two-lane highways often lend themselves to head-on collisions caused by motorists attempting to pass other motorists without ideal conditions. The attorneys of the lawfirm Nelson and Rozier specialize in automobile accidents of this nature. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 28 accident at Highway 140 and Sydney Lane in Merced leaves a woman critically injured

On November 28 a grey Honda and a GMC pickup collided at the intersection of Highway 140 and Sydney Lane in Merced. A woman was flown to a Modesto hospital in critical condition. The identity of the woman and the details of the crash are not available at this time. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Motorcycle ATV Accident leaves one dead in Lindsay

November 29, 2009--A collision earlier today between a motorcycle and an ATV in Lindsay, California left one dead and one victim severely injured.  The injured party was flown by helicopter to Fresno Community Regional Medical Center.  The collision occurred on north Lafayette Avenue.The names of the involved parties will be provided in an updated posting in this blog when they become available.  If you would like a private engineer to be sent to the scene of this accident to investigate further, please call us Monday morning.  Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 27 accident in Visalia at Demaree Street and Mineral King Avenue kills one

On November 27 a pickup truck crashed into a traffic pole at Demaree Street and Mineral King Avenue, killing the driver. Reportedly, the pickup failed to yield during a traffic stop. The driver was driving the wrong way in the downtown area near Mineral King and Locust Street when officers tried to stop him. The pickup continued down Mineral King, through the Demaree overpass signal, crashing into the signal light on the southwest corner of the intersection. The vehicle was immediately engulfed in flames and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The law offices are located in Visalia just a couple miles from the scene of the accident. Our lawyers specialize in traffic-related fatalities. For a free consultation please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 27 accident on Highway 41 in Madera County

On November 27 there was an accident on Highway 41 in Madera County at Avenue 14 1/2. The accident blocked both the northbound and southbound lanes for about one hour. No major injuries were reported. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 25 Visalia accident at Caldwell Avenue and Burke Street kills one

On November 25 a man was killed when he drove his car into a tree at the intersection of Caldwell Avenue and Burke Street in Visalia. He was driving westbound on Caldwell when he hit a bicyclist, Darren Patton. Patton was riding in the bicycle lane. He then veered his Olds Mobile to the left and hit a tree on the south side of the road. The driver died at the scene of the accident. Patton was treated for minor injuries. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located right on Caldwell Avenue in Visalia. The attorneys in our law firm specialize in traffic related fatalities. For a free consultation please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 23 Highway 99 Accident in Bakersfield

November 23, 2009--Early yesterday morning a 40 year old Los Angeles man named Fredrick Scott sustained major injuries in a rear-end collision on Highway 99 near Ming Avenue. According to the Bakersfield Californian, Mike Koshkaryan, age 48 of Glendale stopped for an accident up ahead and was then rear-ended by Scott who was transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.Issues to be resolved include whether those involved in the collision up ahead may have some responsibility for this later accident. On occasion, such as during a fog multi-vehicle collision, it is helpful to determine who caused the original accident and whether later accidents were foreseeable consequences of the first mistake. Further, if it can be shown that Mr. Koshkaryan was himself speeding then his insurance may come into play. This accident occurred about 70 miles south of the Law Offices of Nelson and Rozier in Visalia. Please call us if you would like us to send an engineer to the scene of the accident to investigate these issues further. www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 24 Highway 99 accident near Traver

 On November 24 a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 99 near Traver backed up traffic into Kingsburg. The accident occurred during rush hour traffic around 5:20 pm north of Merritt Drive. Details of the accident are still forthcoming. The lawfirm of Nelson and Rozier specializes in traffic accidents and is located just off of Highway 99 in Visalia, approximately 20 miles south of the accident. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ if you are interested in a free consulatation.
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November 24 fatal accident in Turlock

On November 24 Leticia Solano of Patterson was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Turlock. The accident occurred at Washington Road and West Main Street in Turlock. Three other victims were taken to the hospital for treatment. The Turlock Police Department is still investigating the cause of the accident. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 23 accident near Woodland kills one and injures four

On November 23 a 10-year-old girl was killed when the car she was riding in rolled while traveling on County Road 22 near Woodland. The vehicle was traveling about 85 mph when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The driver, a female passenger, and a four-year-old girl suffered major injuries and a one-year-old boy was critically injured. The ten-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other victims were air lifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Relatives decribed the male driver and the female passenger as boyfriend and girlfriend. The two older children belonged to the woman and the one-year-old belonged to the man. They were returning from a trip to Tulare where they picked up the one-year-old for the Thanksgiving holiday. Officers are investigating possible seat belt and child safety seat violations. Monetary compensation cannot bring back the deceased or heal the injured, but it can help to ease the pain of medical and other expenses. If you would be interested in a free consultation please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ or contact attorney John Rozier directly at 559-713-0159.
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Fog in the Valley impacts traffic

Heavy fog early in the morning of November 24 slowed traffic throughout the Valley. CHP officers paced traffic on Highway 152 between Highways 33 and 59. Visibility in that area was reported to be 200 to 400 feet. Visibility was also reported to be only around 500 feet on Highway 198 near Hanford. Dirvers are urged to drive with caution when visibility is compromised and adjust speeds accordingly. Fog related accidents contribute to deadly accidents every year in the San Joaquin Valley. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Woman killed in accident on Highway 65 on November 22 identified as Maria Rosales

The woman killed on November 22 in an accident on Highway 65 near Strathmore has been identified as 53-year-old Maria Rosales. Rosales was tragically killed when the SUV she was a passenger in was broadsided by a pick-up truck on Highway 65. Another passenger in the SUV, who was flown to COmmunity Regional Medical Center, has been identified as Felipa Banuelos. Banuelos is listed in critical condition. The driver of the SUV, Hector Solis and two other passengers, Isalas Martinez and Michael Martinez were taken to Sierra View District Hospital with mild to moderate injuries. The driver of the pick-up, Marcial Morales Jr. and his passenger Yolanda Morales were also taken to Sierra View District Hospital with moderate injuries. If you or a friend or family member was a victim in this accident please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation. While monitary compensation cannot take away the physical pain it can help ease the burden of medical expenses.
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November 21 head on collision in Los Banos on Lander Avenue/Highway 165 kills one and injures three

On November 21 a man died when the car he was in hit another vehicle head-on on Lander Avenue, aka Highway 165, in Los Banos. Alberto Villanueva was driving a Ford Taurus south on Lander when he attempted to pass another vehicle. Villanueva failed to see the oncoming Nissan Maxima, driven by Sada Koshaba Sada, and hit it head-on. The passenger in the Maxima was killed in the accident. Both Sada and Villanueva were taken to Modesto hospitals with major injuries. A second passenger in Sada's car, Sami Odisha, was listed in critical condition at Memorial Medical Center. This tragic accident could have been avoided if Alberto Villanueva would have been aware of the oncoming car. While monetary compensation can not bring back the deceased, it can help to ease the burden of medical bills and funeral costs. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ if you are interested in a free consultation.
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November 21 pedestrian on Road 236 and Avenue 100

On November 21 a male pedestrian was tragically killed when he was hit by a car on Road 236 near Avenue 100. The man was walking southbound on Road 236 when he was hit by David Chay of Porterville. Chay fled the scene and was later arrested. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Crash near Los Banos kills one

 November 21, 2009--According to the Fresno Bee, a head-on collision near Los Banos in Merced County killed one and injured 3.  The sequence leading up to the accident began when a 23 year old Modesto man tried to pass another vehicle while traveling southbound on Highway 165 near Wolfsen Road.  A passenger in the northbound vehicle, a 55 year old Modesto man was killed in the accident.  Both drivers were taken to hospitals along with a passenger in the northbound vehicle.  Names of the victims were not yet identified.When a head-on collision occurs, details to be investigated include the speed of each vehicle, a search for any roadway defects, skid analysis and black box data downloads.  If you would like us to begin this investigation process, then please call immediately.  Attorney John Rozier, 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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2 injured in Fresno motorcycle crash

November 22, 2009--According to the Fresno Bee, 2 were injured early Sunday morning in a Fresno motorcycle crash.  The driver, a 35 year old Fresno man was arrested for DUI.  The accident occurred on southbound Harrison Avenue near Twain Avenue.  His 31 year old female passenger suffered major injuries.  At this point we have not identified her.  If she or her family would like our law firm to investigate this matter further, then please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159 in Visalia.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Pedestrian killed in Porterville hit and run

November 21, 2009--A male pedestrian was killed Saturday in Porterville, in Tulare County according to the Visalia Times Delta.  He was walking along Road 236 north of Avenue 100.  Them driver fled the scene and was later arrested.  He was identified as David Chay of Porterville, age 26.  We are still trying to identify the victim.  If you have that information please call Attorney John Rozier in Visalia to begin further investigation of this tragic accident.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 22 accident at Highway 65 and Avenue 200 near Strathmore kills one and injures five

On November 22 there was a fatal 3-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 65 and Avenue 200 near Strathmore in Tulare County. An SUV was turning left onto Avenue 200 off of southbound Highway 65 when it was broadsided by a northbound pickup truck. Both vehicles then hit a vehicle waiting at the westbound Avenue 200 stop sign. The front seat passenger in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A girl in the SUV was flown to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. The driver of the SUV and another girl along with the driver of the pick-up truck and third car were taken to Sierra View District Hospital in Poterville with moderate injuries. While this accident was tragic, just compensation can help ease the burden of medical bills that may have resulted. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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November 19 Lindsay packinghouse workers status update

The three employees from a packinghouse in Lindsay who were treated at local hospitals for carbon monoxide poisoning were released late Thursday night or early Friday morning. They were operating a forklift inside an enclosed cold storage unit for approximately 45-60 minutes when they were overcome with exhaustion. Two of them were life flighted to hospitals in Fresno and the third was treated at Sierra View District Hospital. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ 
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November 20 widening of Highway 198 in Kings and Tulare Counties officially begins

On November 20 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the widening of Highway 198 in Tulare and Kings Counties. This stretch of road is a key agricultural goods movement corridor. It is also one of the most dangerous roads in the state. The current 2-lane highway will be expanded into a four-lane expressway between Hanford and Highway 99 near Visalia. The project is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2012. Highway 198 has been a dangerous road for a long time. It is a two-lane highway that sees many motorists as they are headed to the central coast or The Palace Casino in Lemoore as well as trucks transporting agricultural goods.On January 15, 2009 Robert Shane Travioli was killed in a 4-car crash on Highway 198 involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles. Mr. Travioli's life is just one of many that have been taken tragically on this dangerous stretch of road. The lawfirm of Nelson and Rozier is located just off of Highway 198 in Visalia. Our lawyers have many years local experience with accidents on this stretch of road. If you have been involved in an accident on Highway 198 please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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Rain in the forecast for the Valley

Rain is in the forecast for the Valley tonight, November 20. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving in the rain and adjust speeds accordingly. Just a week ago, on November 13 dozens of accidents were reported in Fresno due to the rainfall. Many were caused by motorists traveling too quickly and hydroplaning as they attempted to stop their vehicle. It is recommended that drivers leave for their destinations 5 minutes earlier than usual to avoid being in a hurry and driving at dangerous speeds. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 20 Series of accidents on Highway 41

On November 20 a series of accidents on Highway 41 caused the northbound lanes to be backed up from the Highway 180 interchange to north of Ashlan Avenue. Two accidents occurred near Ashlan Avenue, one north of Ashlan and the other south. Ambulances were on the scene, but there is no information on the injury status of the motorists. A third accident occurred around the same time on the northbound onramp at Shields Avenue. According to the CHP traffic was either stopped or moving less than 5 mph both ways including backing onto the eastbound 180 traffic. No further information was available at this time. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 19 Lindsay packinghouse workers taken to hospital in critical condition

On Thursday, November 19 two employees at a packinghouse in Lindsay were flown to a Fresno hospital after being exposed to large amounts of carbon monoxide. Both were listed in critical condition. A third employee was also taken to the hospital. Apparently, 2 of the employees were operating a forklift in an enclosed cold-storage area for approximately 45-60 minutes when they were overcome with exhaustion. The third employee was well enough to dial 911 and flag down the fire fighters when they arrived. All three employees were treated at the hospital. Further details on their conditions is unavailable. If you have been injured while at work please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 17 Highway 41 accident in Madera County happened on a deadly stretch of road

The accident on Highway 41 in Madera County on November 17 that claimed the lives of two Coarsegold residents happened on what many consider to be a deadly stretch of road. The stretch of road known as Rocky Cut sees 20,000 cars pass through every day. According to Cal Trans traffic on Highway 41 has increased by 70 percent in the last 8 years. That is not only local traffic, but also visitors to Yosemite National Park and Chuckchansi Casino. The Highway Patrol estimates that around 50 people have been killed on the stretch of Highway 41 between Fresno County Line and Yosemite National Park in the last 6 years. Just Last August 3 women were killed in a head on collision that occurred just south of Tuesday's accident. Many claim that the road is safe, it is the drivers who need to be more cautious. Others claim that  it is an "unforgiving roadway." http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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More people than expected not wearing seat belts

On Novemebr 18 the Bakersfield Californian reported that 51 people were cited with not wearing seat belts just on Union Avenue. National studies have shown that 90 to 95 percent of people comply with the seat belt law. Fifty-one citations on one road in one day seems proportionally high. By not wearing a seat belt a motorist is putting themself at risk for being ejected from the car should a crash occur. Seat belts have been proven time and time again to save lives and are worth whatever discomfort or inconvenience may come from buckling up. Don't become a statistic. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Fog to Roll into Tulare County

According to a report in the Visalia Times Delta today, some of the first fog of the season should roll into the Valley tonight. The fog is predicted to stick around until Monday night. Fog related accidents are very common for this time of year. Drivers should drive with caution and adjust speeds accordingly. On November 3, 2007 there was a 100 car pileup on Highway 99, south of Fresno, due to fog. some reported the visibility to be as little as two feet. Two people were killed in that accident and dozens others were injured. The lawfirm of Nelson and Rozier is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Visalia. Our lawyers are very familiar with local fog conditions and have many years experience representing clients involved in fog-related accidents. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ if you have been involved in a fog-related accident and would like further information.
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November 17 Tulare County Accident on Highway 99

On November 17 a Delano man was killed when his car rolled while driving on Highway 99 in Tulare County. The car was discovered north of County Line Road, lying on its top. The man, not immediately identified, was dead at the scene of the accident. The lawyers of Nelson and Rozier, located in Tulare County just off Highway 99, have many years experience with accidents along this road. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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November 17 Highway 41 accident in Madera County Update

On November 17 there was a fatal accident on Highway 41 in Madera County. It was caused by a Hyundai driven by an 85-year-old Coarsegold woman. The woman lost control of the vehicle and hit a boulder. The car landed in the lane of the opposing traffic after rolling several times. Another vehicle, driven by Donald Schmidt, was involved. Schmidt saw the car rolling towards him, slammed on his brakes, but was unable to stop in time. The Hyundai landed on top of his truck. The Coarsegold woman and her 90-year-old passenger, also of Coarsegold were killed. Schmidt and his passenger, 74-year-old Alta Schmidt were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. The accident occurred on a stretch of road known as Rocky Cut. Rocky Cut has been the scene of many deadly accidents over the years. If you or a loved one was involved in this accident or others on Highway 41 or Rocky Cut please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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Highway 41 Accident in Madera County

November 17, 2009--According to the Fresno Bee, Highway 41 was closed for several hours yesterday after a double fatality accident involving a small car which collided with a pickup.  Few accident details were yet available.  This blog will be updated when further facts are known including information about who caused the accident and the names of the parties involved. The accident occurred on Highway 41 between Highway 145 and Road 200.  The driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to Madera Community Hospital.  The two occupants of the smaller vehicle both died in this head-on collision.The law firm of Nelson & Rozier has handled wrongful death cases on Highway 41 in the past and has an expert accident reconstruction engineer it works with to further investigate accidents such as this.  If you would like us to send him out to the scene of this accident, please call right away while the evidence is still fresh.  Ask for my secretary Janet and mention this offer of assistance so we can schedule an immediate appointment.  Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 14 DUI accident on Ashby road in Merced

On November 14 Raymond Cano crashed his Chevy Blazer on Ashby Road injuring himself and his passenger, Teresa Morales. Both Cano and Morales were flown to hospitals in Modesto for treatment. Morales is reported to have major injuries. Cano was released from the hospital after being treated for moderate injuries then booked into the Merced County Jail for suspicion of DUI, driving without a license, and other various charges. If you are a friend or family member of Teresa Morales please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 17 rollover accident in Modesto at West Orangeburg and Ardmore Avenues

On the morning of November 17 a man was injured when his vehicle rear ended another vehicle and flipped over at the intersection of West Orangeburg and Ardmore Avenues in Modesto. The man was driving a Toyota Camry westbound on Orangeburg when backed up traffic caused him to rear end a Ford Escort. His car then continued on and flipped on its roof. It is undetermined at what speed the man was driving. Both drivers were taken to the hospital after complaining of pain. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Dogs from November 3 pit bull attack in Bakersfield being put down

On November 3 Steven Herrera was brutally mauled by three pit bulls in east Bakersfield. The attack was caught on tape and the dogs were later impounded. The owner of the dogs, Salvador Romero, did not have the money to get the dogs back. Because of the nature of the attack, the dogs are not being put up for adoption, but are rather being euthanized. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 16 motorcycle accident in Tulare County

On November 16 Zachary Hopson was injured when his motorcycle crashed with a dump truck on Mountain Road 109 near Avenue 56 in Tulare County. Hopson was traveling southbound on Mountain 109 going between 45 and 50 mph when he drifted into the northbound lane. He then hit a Freightliner driven by Jairo Duenas. Hopson was taken to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield after he was thrown from the motorcycle. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 15 accident at Briggsmore Avenue and Coffee Road in Modesto

Early in the morning of November 15 a Suburban driven by Jessie Murphy broadsided a pickup truck at the intersection of Briggsmore Avenue and Coffee Road in Modesto severely injuring a man and a woman in the truck. Murphy was driving the Suburban at a high rate of speed when she reached the intersection. It is possible that the Suburban was involved in an earlier accident as well at the intersection of Parker Road and Held Avenue. Murphy was arrested on suspicion of a felony DUI.  Please call us if you would like this accident investigated further.  Attorney John Rozier  559-713-1059      http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Bakersfield and Fresno ranked among the most dangerous cities in the state for pedestrians

According to Transportation for America, a transportation advocacy group out of Washington D.C., Bakersfield and Kern County streets are the most dangerous streets for pedestrians in the state. There was a total of 39 deaths of pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, and wheel chair users in 2007 and 2008. Stockton ranked second with Redding and Fresno coming in third and fourth respectively. According to the report, 14.4 percent of Kern County's traffic fatalities were pedestrians. The report claims that factors such as wide roads, big trucks, lack of sidewalks, and heavy traffic make Kern County's roads more dangerous for pedestrians, especially those who are physically impared. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 13 accident at Road 208 and Avenue 192 near Strathmore kills Julian Palomino Jr.

On November 13 Julian Palomino Jr. was killed when his vehicle crashed into an olive tree at road 208 and Avenue 192 near Strathmore. Palomino, of Porterville, was pinned inside the vehicle and died at the scene of the accident. Five other people were injured in the accident. Nora Rodriguez was treated at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and was listed in critical condition. Diana Bermudez, Monica Haywood, Gladys Botello, and Marybell Flores were all treated at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville. Reportedly, Palomino was driving the Honda northbound going about 70 mph. Palomino did not stop at a stop sign and instead continued straight through the T-shaped intersection and hit the olive tree. Palomino and Bermudez were the only ones in the vehicle wearing seat belts. If you or a loved one was involved in this accident please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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Fresno County accident at Fowler and Lincoln

September 12, 2009--a two car collision took the life of Surinder Bassi last September 12th.  She was a passenger in a Toyota Camry which ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck.  The roof of the Camry was sheared off.  The accident took place at the intersection of Lincoln and Fowler in Fresno County.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 14 deadly accident in Madera County near Chowchilla

On November 14 a driver drove his car into a tree southwest of Chowchilla in Madera County. The accident occurred near the intersection of Road 12 and Avenue 18 1/2. The driver died as a result of the accident.The name of the victim was not available. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Highway 63 in Cutler and Orosi considered dangerous for pedestrians

In the last 10 years nine pedestrians have died after being hit on a stretch of Highway 63 that runs through Cutler and Orosi, the latest occurring on October 30. Forty-one pedestrians have been hit and injured during that same stretch of time. Many people blame poor lighting conditions and excess vehicle speeds for the relatively high number of injuries and fatalities. If you or a friend or family member has been injured on this stretch of roadway please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 12 storm leads to accidents on Highway 41 and Highway 168

A rain storm in the Valley on November 12 led to accidents on Highway 41 and Highway 168. A CHP officer haw reported that they were caused by motorists driving too fast for the road conditions. The first accident on Highway 41  happened near Herndon Avenue when two vehicles collided. The next 2 accidents were single-vehicle accidents that occurred within four minutes. They were on the onramps at McKinley Avenue and Friant Road. Another accident occurred later on Highway 41 at Shields Avenue.
On Highway 168 at Bullard Avenue there was a single-vehicle accident at the onramp.Weather is often a factor in many accidents. Drivers should use caution and adjust their driving habits based on the weather conditions. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 5 pedestrian accident in Hanford on 10th avenue

The 65-year-old Shirley Derondenpos was killed November 5 when she attempted to cross 10th Avenue in Hanford. She stepped into the path of a truck and was subsequently hit just before 6 pm. She was wearing dark clothing and was not crossing at an intersection. If you know someone involved in a pedestrian accident please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 10 accident near Los Banos on Henry Miller Road and Highway 165

On November 10 there was an accident on Henry Miller Road , west of Highway 165 near Los Banos that injured four people including critically injuring a one-year-old child. Apparently the dirver, Melissa Kay Johnson was traveling westbound in a Suzuki Forenza. The vehicle drifted into the eastbound lanes. Johnson turned the wheel to the right but overcorrected and drove the vehicle off the north side of the road. The Suzuki then spun and overturned on the shoulder of the road. One-year-old Everette Aiden Self was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to UC DAvis Medical Center with major injuries. He is listed in critical condition. Johnson and a passenger, Thea Amber Ordunez were taken to hospitals in Modesto with major injuries. The third passenger, three-year-old Marcus Carl Self, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Los Banos with moderate injuries. If you are a friend or family member of any of these victims please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 10 Highway 99 deadly SUV crash victim identified as Sonia Albores

The woman who died in an SUV rollover on Highway 99 in Modesto on November 10 has been identified as Sonia Albores. Albores was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the far left lane when she veered to the right and overturned. The Trailblazer came to a rest on its side on the shoulder of the highway. If you are a friend or family member of Sonia Albores please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 12 accident in Visalia near Caldwell and Mooney

On the morning of November 12 there was an accident on eastbound Caldwell Avenue at Mooney Boulevard in Visalia. There were injuries resulting from the accident and road blockage. A fire truck and ambulance were on the scene. We are a local Visalia law firm that specializes in automobile accidents. If you were involved in this accident please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 10 Highway 99 deadly SUV crash near Modesto

On November 10 a woman was killed when she lost control of her SUV while traveling on Highway 99 mear Briggsmore Avenue in Modesto. The woman apparently lost control of the vehicle, swerved, and overturned before coming to a rest on its side. The woman was wearing a seat belt and no other vehicles were involved in the accident. The law firm of Nelson and Rozier is located just east of Highway 99 in Visalia. Our lawyers have many years experience with accidents along Highway 99. For a free consultation please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 10 Big Rig accident in Fresno on Golden State Boulevard

On November 10 part of Golden State Boulevard on the south edge of Fresno was closed after an accident between two tractor-trailer rigs. The road was closed for about three hours as crews cleaned up spilled diesel fuel. One of the drivers suffered minor injuries.
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November 9 Interstate 5 victims identified as Rigoberto Gomez Cortez and Brian Bannister

The 2 men killed on the shoulder of Interstate 5 on November 9 have been identified as Rigoberto Gomez Cortez and Brian Bannister. Bannister was traveling northbound on I-5  near Manning Avenue when he pulled his car over. Gomez Cortez came over from a nearby field to help. They were hit by a vehicle driven by Cynthia Merritt while refueling bannister's vehicle. If you are a friend or family member of Bannister or Gomez Cortez please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 9 Modesto pedestrian accident at F Street and Bryan Avenue

On November 9 a 16-year-old girl was hit by a car at the intersection of F-street and Bryan Avenue in Modesto. The driver was not arrested, but the accident remains under investigation. The girl was taken to Memorial Medical Center to be treated for head injuries. For a free consultation please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 9: Two men killed on the shoulder of Interstate 5

On November 9 two men were killed on Interstate 5 when they were trying to refuel a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the road and a car hit them. A 23-year-old man was traveling on I-5 near Manning Avenue when he pulled his car over to the shoulder of tha road and stopped. A 21-year-old man from Kerman was working in a field nearby and came to help him. As the men refueled the vehicle, a Fresno woman, Cynthia Merritt hit the men and the vehicle from behind. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Merritt was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. The passenger in the parked car was unhurt. If you are a friend or family member of either of these men please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 9 fatal big rig accident on the Bay Bridge

On November 9 a big rig plummeted off the SAn Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge killing the driver. The accident occurred on a new section of the bridge that has had 42 accidents since it opened. The driver apparently lost control of the big rig on a west-bound S-curve. The big rig went over the side of the bridge landing on Yerba Buena Island. This was the first fatality on the S-curve since it opened on September 8. Speed limits drop on that section of the bridge. The exact speed of teh big rig was not given, but it was reported that the driver was traveling at a high speed. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Pedestrian accident in Bakersfield

November 7, 2009--A Bakersfield man crossing Union Avenue in Bakersfield was struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon and injured.  He was taken to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield for treatment.  The Ford Explorer which hit him was driven by Margarita Fierro, 39, of Bakersfield.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Highway 99 rollover accident in Kern County

November 6, 2009--A rollover accident near McFarland in Kern County killed a 24 year old Fresno man named Gilberto Romero-Correa.  2 passengers suffered major injuries and were treated at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.  A fourth man escaped serious injury.  Drunk driving was noted to have contributed tot he accident.  If you would like this accident to be investigated further please call us at 559-713-0159 in Visalia.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 7: Two accidents on Highway 58 kill two and injure one

On November 7 there were two major accidents on Highway 58 resulting in the deaths of Randy Bertrand and Daniel Ezzell both of Bakersfield and injuring Gary Scott. The first accident occurred when  a Hyundai Accent ran a stop sign and hit Scott's big rig. The impact caused Scott to lose control of the semi and overturn.  Scott was taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. The driver of the Hyundai fled the scene. The overturned big rig blocked both lanes of traffic on Highway 58 and caused the Highway to be closed for four hours.Shortly after Highway 58 reopened, Bertrand and Ezzell were traveling west in a BMW when they came up behind a car turning right. The driver swerved to avoid the turning car, and over-corrected causing the BMW to roll. Both Bertrand and Ezzell were thrown from the vehicle as they were not wearing seat belts. Both men died at the scene.Both of these accidents on Highway 58 occurred between Enos Lane and Interstate-5. If you are a friend or family member of Randy Bertrand, Daniel Ezzell, or Gary Scott please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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November 8 crash on Highway 145 near Coalinga kills one, injures two

On November  8-- Abraham Rango was killed when the car he was riding in hit a power pole on Highway 145 near Coalinga. The vehicle was traveling southbound near Butte Avenue. The driver was intoxicated and made an unsafe turn when he hit a power pole. Both the driver and another passenger were injured. If you are a friend or family member of Abraham Rango please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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Highway 46--Blood Alley upgrade

November 7, 2009--According to the Bakersfield Californian, a section of Highway 46 in Kern County will soon become a 4 lane expressway.  The bad reputation of this roadway dates back to the death of Michelle Phillips in 1999, or even back to the death of actor James Dean in 1955. The Highway 46 widening project will be done in stages.  A ground breaking ceremony will occur on Tuesday at the Lost Hills Park with construction set to begin on November 16, 2009.  The plan is to provide a generous median strip to buffer the opposing lanes of traffic.  However, a similar upgrade to Highway 41 east of Selma resulted in a post-construction fatality when a second stop sign was not provided to force crossing traffic to cross the expressway in 2 stages.  It is our contention that the wide median in that case in part caused another accident and that state design manuals mandated a second stop sign.  Suit was filed in that action by Attorney John Rozier of the law firm of Nelson & Rozier in Visalia in the past couple of months.  Discovery will soon be initiated including the depositions of CHP and Cal Trans personnel.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Kern County highway accidents

November 7, 2009--In light of the recent spate of fatal highway accidents on Blood Alley in Kern County, aka Highway 46, the Bakersfield Californian printed a review of fatalities on that road and elsewhere in the county for the past few years.Since 2004 on Highway 46 alone there have been 453 crashes with deaths occurring in 20 of the collisions.    That put Highway 46 in a tie with Highway 223 for the highest ratio of accidents.  Eight of the twenty fatal accidents occurred in a single year--2004.  Thirteen people died that year.  In October of this year there were 2 horrible accidents claiming 7 lives.  The stats on other Kern County highways are as follows:Highway 119:  636 crashes, 16 fatal crashes
Highway 223:  271 crashes, 12 fatal crashes
Highway 178:  456 crashes, 11 fatal crashes
Highway 184:  870 crashes, 9 fatal crashes
Highway 43:  335 crashes, 8 fatal crashes
Highway 65:  298 crashes, 5 fatal crashesSource:  CHPIf you would like a local law firm to investigate any recent crash, please call us at 559-713-0159www.nelsonrozier.com
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Kern County motorcycle accident I-5

November 7, 2009--A LAPD officer on a motorcycle collided with a pickup truck early Saturday morning.  The accident occurred on I-5 north of the Tejon Summit in Kern County.  The officer was airlifted to USC Medical Center.  He was identified as Officer Timothy Kay.  The driver of the truck was identified as Joel Lopez of Artesia.  The officer was listed in stable condition.Although the motorcycle struck the rear of the truck, further investigation will reveal whether the truck swerved in front of the cycle.  The CHP is still investigating this accident.  If you would like to initiate a private review of this accident by experts of your own choosing, please contact the law firm of Nelson & Rozier.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Fatal Crashes in California

Crashes involving Fatalities
January 2004 to November 2009Highway 46: 453 crashes, 20 fatal crashes
Highway 119: 636 crashes, 16 fatal crashes
Highway 223: 271 crashes, 12 fatal crashes
Highway 178: 456 crashes, 11 fatal crashes
Highway 184: 870 crashes, nine fatal crashes
Highway 43: 335 crashes, eight fatal crashes
Highway 65: 298 crashes, five fatal crashes
 
Source: California Highway Patrol, bakersfield.com
 
Highway 46 proportionally had the most fatalities compared to the total number of crashes in 2004-2009. If you have been involved in an accident on highway 46 please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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Dangerous Stretch of highway 46 (Blood Alley) in Kern County to be widened

Next week the ground breaking will take place to widen Highway 46 in Kern County from San Luis Obispo County Line to Brown Material Road near Lost Hills. It has taken over 10 years to get the funding together for this project. Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter has been behind this project since a brutal high-profile accident occurred on this route in 1999. A combination of federal and state funding has been brought together to finally make this project a reality. The road will expand from 2 lanes to 4 with a generous median in between. There is a long history of accidents on this stretch of road sometimes referred to as "Blood Alley." The 2 most recent occuring October 23 and 28 killing 4 and 3 people respectively. If you have been involved in an accident on Highway 46 please contact us for a free consultation at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/.
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November 7 LAPD motorcycle crash on I-5

On November 7 an LAPD motorcycle officer crashed with a pickup truck on Interstate 5. The officer, Timothy Kay, was listed in stable condition. Kay was traveling northbound when he hit the left rear of a Chevrolet pickup early Saturday morning. The officer was ejected from the bike. he suffered a broken arm, minor cuts on his forehead along with a major cut on the front of his head. He was treated at the University of Southern California Medical Center. The driver of the pickup was Joel Artesia.
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Bakersfield motorcycle accident

November 6, 2009--A Bakersfield police officer named Ronnie Dulan broke his arm Friday when a pickup turning into a parking lot crossed the path of his motorcycle.  The accident occurred on Olive Avenue in Bakersfield at 7:20 a.m.  The driver of the pickup was not hurt. The wreck threw the officer off of his bike and broke his arm.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Los Banos Jack in the Box accident

Discovery is ongoing for a trip and fall claim, actually in this case a slip and fall claim, which occurred at one of the Jack in the Box locations in Los Banos, California.  The injured party had been at the counter ordering food when he went around the corner towards the restrooms and slipped on a puddle of water.  While signs had been placed on the floor, they were visible only for those entering the premises.  The claimant now requires surgery.If you have been involved in a trip and fall or slip and fall accident in California, you should be aware that not all claims have validity.  The general rule is that the store or restaurant will not be held liable unless it created the hazard itself and failed to adequately warn its customers, or if the condition was known to exist or should have been known to exist for a sufficient length of time to remedy the condition.  Please feel free to call us if you think you may have a claim.  Further, we all suffer small bangs and bruises.  Only serious injuries warrant a full investigation.   Often surveillance videos or store accident reports can be very helpful in establishing a claim.  Please call for a free consult.  Visalia, California Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159.   www.nelsonrozier.com
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Handicap bus accident in east Visalia

A developmentally disabled young man traveling in his wheelchair in a bus operated by Student Transportation of America ran a stop sign  resulting in a broken leg when the bus collided with another vehicle.  The injured student was then transported to his day school without immediate treatment as he was unable to communicate his discomfort.  The injury was discovered later that day and emergency care was provided at the Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia.  Settlement funds were placed in a special needs trust for the benefit of the child.  The Visalia, California law firm of Nelson & Rozier handled this claim.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Visalia woman files suit over nursing home death

November 7, 2009--A Visalia woman is filing suit over the death of her mother in a nursing home.  After being allowed to attend a doctor's appointment without an escort, albeit in a wheelchair and with an oxygen tank, the nursing home resident fell from the chair and fractured her leg in addition to facial injuries.  When returned to the nursing home after leg surgery in the hospital, medical care was inadequate leading to sepsis and double pneumonia and eventual death.  The California Department of Health Services investigated this death and issued two large fines (each nearing $18,000) against the facility.  Paperwork is now being circulated by the Law Firm of Nelson & Rozier preparatory to filing suit which should take place within a week.Wrongful death claimants in a case such as this follow California laws of inheritance without a will--in other words the rules of intestate succession.  The surviving spouse, surviving children, and even grandchildren may have a claim if their parent does not survive.  If you have a family member who has been mistreated at a nursing home please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 5 accident on Famoso-Porterville Highway kills Alejandro Magana

Early in the morning on November 5 Alejandro Magana was killed in an accident on the Famoso-Porterville Highway. Magana was a passenger in a Ford F-350 driven by Roberto Camacho when Camacho crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and hit a Ford F-150. The accident happened near Peterson Road in Kern County. Camacho was taken to Kern Medical Center with moderate injuries. However, Magana was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the F-150, Luis Raul Nunez, was also taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries. If you are a friend or family member of any of these men, please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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November 3 Crash Victim Identified as David Flusser

The Porterville man who died in an accident November 3 on Highway 65 has been identified as David Flusser. Flusser was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van when he hit a truck head-on. The truck was driven by Valcyro Yamashito of Utah. It has been determined that the accident was caused when Flusser made an unsafe turn and entered Yamashito's lane. Flusser was pronounced dead at the scene. Yamashito suffered no injuries.
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October 29 Merced Accident, Auto Center Drive and V Street

On October 29 Danny McGhee was injured in a 3 car accident at Auto Center Drive and V
Street in Merced. McGhee was reportedly driving westbound in a Honda Civic on West 15th Street when a Ford F350 traveling southbound on V Street hit him in the intersection. The force of the crash caused McGhee's car to crash into another Honda Civic that was stopped for a red light. McGhee was taken to the hospital for injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. No other injuries were reported. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Kern County head-on collision kills Porterville man

November 5, 2009--Two pickups collided head-on Thursday morning on the Famoso-Porterville Highway in Kern County.  A 29 year old Porterville man who was a passenger was killed.  The driver of the F-350 was Roberto Camacho, age 45 of Porterville, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.  The driver of the Ford F-150 was Luis Nunez of McFarland.  He suffered major injuries and was also transported to Kern Medical Center.  The CHP believes that Mr. Camacho crossed the center line.If you would like this accident investigated further, then please cal Attorney John Rozier in Visalia at 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Porterville man Slusser killed in Kern County accident

November 3, 2009--A 55 year old Porterville man named David Mark Slusser was killed Tuesday when his vehicle crossed the center line into the path of a big rig driven by Valcyro Yamashita of Parowan, Utah who was uninjured.   Mr Slusser was driving north on Highway 65 in Kern County east of Shafter.  He crossed into the southbound lanes near the intersection of Merced Avenue and struck by a Kenworth semitruck and trailer.  Slusser was pronounced dead at the scene. Issues still remaining to be investigated include determining the speed of the big rig, whether road conditions may have contributed to this accident, and whether the facts of this accident as reported by the sole survivor are accurate.  If you would like these issues investigated further then please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Steven Herrera mauled by pit bulls in Bakersfield

November 3, 2009--A 35 year old Bakersfield man named Steven Herrera was attacked and mauled by 3 pit bull dogs on Tuesday afternoon.  The Kern County attack is similar to several other pip bull attacks in the valley as reported on recently in this blog.  In this case Mr. Herrera was saved by the efforts of a neighbor named Andy Casteneda who swung his cane at the dogs before they could chew the arm off of the victim.  The owner of the dogs, Salvador Romero is the brother of the victim.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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November 3 Pit Bull Attack in East Bakersfield

On the afternoon of November 3 Steven Herrera was mauled by 3 pit bulls in east Bakersfield. Andy Casteneda, a witness to the attack, stated that he could hear Herrera screaming from four houses down. Casteneda went to help Herrera with only a wooden cane as a weapon. He stated that the biggest of the three dogs was "chewing the man's arm off." He also said that the two female dogs were on Herrera's legs.Other neighbors heard Herrera's cries but were hesitant to help. It was the 69-year-old Casteneda who came to the rescue, using his cane to beat the off of Herrera long enough for him to run to safety. Another witness, Damon Hill, said he though Herrera would have probably been killed had no one gone to help him. According to City Animal Control Field Supervisor, Tammy Davis, the dogs belonged to the victim's brother. The brother's had met up earlier in the day and the dogs were not friendly towards Herrera. Herrera does not visit often and the dogs were unfamiliar with him. Herrera arrived at the home before his brother arrived home and proceeded inside the gate, despite the "Beware of Dog" sign. Herrera was taken to Kern Medical Center to treat his wounds. He was listed in fair condition. The dogs have been placed on quarantine for 10 days. The owner initially stated that he would not try to get the dogs back, but later stated he might return for the two pregnant famales. The dogs were not neutered, were unlicensed, and there was no record of them having received the proper rabies vaccinations. Since the dogs were on their property they will be returned to the owner, unless Herrera's wounds are deemed severe enough to warrant a vicious dog hearing. Davis has stated that "having access to dogs of such ferocity just by lifting a gate latch is a safety issue in the neighborhood."At Nelson, Rozier we have experience representing dog bite victims. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog attack please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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November 3 Porterville Man Killed in Accident on Highway 65, Kern County near Merced Avenue

Tuesday night, November 3 a Porterville man was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 65 in Kern County. He was driving a Chrysler van north on Highway 65 near Merced Avenue around 11 pm Tuesday when he crossed into the southbound lanes and was hit by a semi truck and trailer. The accident caused the semi to overturn, but the driver, Valcyro Yamashita, was uninjured. The Porterville man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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Y. Amara strikes and kills Wofford Heights man

November 1, 2009--Last Sunday's accident which killed a 71 year old Wofford Heights man involved a Chrysler Sebring driven by 29 year old Ms. Y. Amara of Lake Isabella.  Her vision was obscured by the sun at the time of the 4:10 pm accident as the pedestrian was crossing the road in the crosswalk.If you are a family member and would this accident to investigated further, please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Body of Linda Marie Rose recovered from Inyokern mine shaft

November 3, 2009--The body of a Ridgecrest woman named Linda Marie Rose was recovered from a mine shaft in Kern County.  The woman fell down the abandoned shaft on Sunday and fell 100 feet while exploring the area near the Tungsten Peak Mine in Inyokern.  Her body was brought to the surface using a system of ropes.If you are a family member and would like this incident investigated further to determine who owned the mine and why it was still accessible, then please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159. www.nelsonrozier.com
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Dangerous Intersection in Corcoran: Highway 43 and Whitley Ave.

There will be a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the intersection of Highway 43 and Whitley Avenue in Corcoran. This intersection is agreed to be very dangerous and is prone to accidents. The city of Corcoran would like to install stop lights. However, Caltrans says this interection does not meet the criteria for stop lights and would rather build a traffic circle. Some critics argue that a traffic circle would not help in foggy conditions. The meeting tonight will discuss this issue further. The meeting will be held at 6pm at the Corcoran City Council Chambers, 1015 Chittenden Ave.
If you have been involved in an accident at this intersection please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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November 1 Porterville Accident on Road 252 and Avenue 136

On Sunday, November 1 the passenger in a pickup truck was killed while traveling southbound on Road 252 south of  Avenue 136 in Porterville. The truck hit a dirt embankment and rolled over. The 23-year-old passenger was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck. She was taken to Sierra View District Hospital for severe head trauma and was there pronounced dead. The driver only sustained minor injuries. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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September 18 Fatal Accident in Parlier at Adams and Newmark

On September 18 Gloria Montano from Parlier was killed in an automobile accident when another vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of Adams and Newmark. Montano was travelling southbound on Newmark. She stopped at the intersection then continued across. A vehicle travelling westbound on Adams failed to stop and broadsided her car. The driver of the other vehicle attempted to drive away, but the vehicle broke down.
If you are a friend or relative of Ms. Montano please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation.
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Fatal accident in Porterville

November 1, 2009--A fatal accident occurred last Sunday night near Porterville, California.  A 23 year old woman was killed when she was ejected from a Ford F-150 pickup traveling southbound on Road 252, south of Avenue 136.  The driver made a left turn onto the shoulder of the road and struck the embankment and rolled over.   The chp continues to investigate this accident.  The victim suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville.  The driver suffered minor injuries and was also treated.  Apparently the passenger was not wearing a seat belt.This accident deserves further investigation by privately retained experts.  Please give us a call if you would like to get started.   Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Gage Castillo hit by car

November 1, 2009--Last Sunday's bicycle victim was identified as Gage Castillo, a nine year old Fresno boy struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.  He was fatally injured and pronounced dead at Community Regional Medical Center.  He was struck at the intersection of Ashlan and Marks avenues in northwest Fresno.  If you would like this accident privately investigated further, then please give me a call. Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Fresno girl hit by car

November 2, 2009--A 12 year old Fresno girl was struck by a car on Monday and was taken to the hospital complaining of pain.  There is no indication the 68 year old driver was impaired at the time of the accident. The accident occurred outside Hamilton school near Clinton and Thorne avenues.  The pedestrian was is in the sixth grade.  The full fact s of this accident are not yet known and any one with any relevant information is requested to call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Blood Alley overview--Highway 46

November 2, 2009--Two recent crashes on Highway 46 killed 6 adults and an infant.  Last Wednesday three 19 year olds from the Bay Area and Southern California--Driver Steven Dub and passengers Kayla Shepard and Hilary-Kendall Fix--were killed on Highway 46 near Wasco when their Toyota Corolla collided head-on with a truck after a failed high-speed passing attempt.  Five days earlier on October 23, Shirlene Ann Soto, 62 and Walter Earl Elliott, 84, both of Los Osos, died when their Prius smashed head-on into a Chevy Cavalier that was trying to pass two trucks on Highway 46 near Highway 33.  The driver of the Cavalier, Jose Alberto Sanchez, 25 of Avenal, and 1 year old Nathaniel Sanchez were also killed.A 25 year old female passenger was taken to Kern Medical Center with major injuries.  Ironically, the accidents arrive just before a groundbreaking ceremony planned for November 10 that will mark the beginning of an expansion project from 2 lanes to 4 lanes.  The construction plans were sparked by a major automobile accident on Highway 46 in 1999 involving a Bakersfield woman.  The family ultimately sued the state alleging a dangerous condition of public property and the State settled for $4 million in 2001.Despite the number of fatal accidents along Highway 46, officials still debate how deadly it really is.  Lw Enforcement officials have maintained that motorists are causing these accidents.  The speed limit is 55 mph and there have been many times the average speed was 70 mph.  Some claim the road's design makes people impatient.The issues to review after a tragic accident such as these include:   availability of insurance coverage or assets on behalf of the party who began passing, whether other vehicles were speeding and thus closing the distance too fast, the availability of uninsured motorist coverage, any slopes or curves in the roadway, and the accident history of the road to show knowledge of its dangerous propensities.  To explore these issues further, please give us a call.       john rozier    559-713-0159  www.nelsonrozier.com
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Pedestrian hit by car in Wofford Heights-Bakersfield

November 1, 2009--Sunday at around 4:10 pm a pedestrian was struck by a car in Wofford Heights, a section of Bakersfield in Kern County California.  The incident occurred near Wofford Boulevard and Evans Road.  Initial reports mention a possible fatality.
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November 1, fatal bicycle accident in Fresno near Ashlan and Marks

On the evening of November 1 a 10-year-old Fresno boy was hit while riding his bicycle near the intersection of Ashlan and Marks in Fresno. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officials have stated that the boy may have been riding against a red light. Officials will undergo further investigation to determine the cause of the accident. http://www.nelsonrozier.com/
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October 28 fatal ATV accident on Highway 108 near Riverbank

On October 28 a man was killed when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was driving was struck by a Lexus. The man was driving along highway 108 near Riverbank and Coffee Road when the Lexus hit him. He was ejected from the ATV and was not wearing a helmet. At the time of the accident the ATV was partially on the highway and was almost at a complete stop. The driver of the Lexus, a 17-year old Modesto resident,  was driving 55 mph, and she stopped the vehicle after the impact. She was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. Please contact us at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ if you were affected by this accident.
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October 30, Orosi pedestrian accident on Highway 63

On October 30 an 83-year-old Orosi man was hit by a pickup truck and killed. Marcos De La Torre was crossing Highway 63 when he was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado. The driver of the Silverado took evasive action to avoid hitting De La Torre but failed. De La Torre was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and poor lighting was most likely a factor in this accident. The attorneys at Nelson, Rozier have many years experience with similar accidents. Please contact them at http://www.nelsonrozier.com/ for a free consultation regarding this accident or any other motor vehicle accident.
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Kern County oil field automobile accident

Last year the law firm of Nelson & Rozier working together with co-counsel settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed in Kern County arising from the oil fields north of Bakersfield.  An oilfield worker preparing to spend a week shift on an oil rig drove around doing errands and drinking alcohol.  Eventually he veered into the opposing lanes on Highway 65 and killed a mother and father and injured their young son who was a passenger.  A second son was not in the vehicle.  The suit was filed in Bakersfield, Kern County California.   Settlement funds were placed in a trust account controlled by the boy's aunt.
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Pedestrian struck and killed in Orosi Tulare County

 October 30, 2009--An 83 year old pedestrian was struck and killed last Friday in the Tulare County town of Orosi.  Marcos De La Torre was walking across Highway 63 wearing dark clothing when he was hit by a 1998 Chevy Silverado.  The driver took some evasive action and could not avoid impact.  Poor lighting conditions may have been a factor.  Alcohol was not a factor in this collisionThe CHP investigation continues as to the cause of this accident.  The pedestrian was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  The driver who struck him was identified as Gilberto Martinez.
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