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December 2009 Archives

December 30 wrongful death bike and big rig accident in Riverbank near Atchinson and First Streets

On December 30 a woman was killed when she was hit by a big rig while riding her bike in Riverbank near First and Atchinson Streets. Reportedly the woman had gotten off her bicycle to walk the bike across the street when a truck was turning right onto Atchinson and hit her in the crosswalk. She was dragged approximately 100 to 200 yards then fell underneath the truck and was run over. She died immediately. This accident can easily be ruled a wrongful death as it seems that the woman was in the crosswalk and had dismounted the bike to cross the road. The attorneys of Nelson and Rozier specialize in wrongful death claims. While our condolances go out to the friends and family of the victim, we recognize that no monetary sum can ease the pain and loss felt after a tragedy such as this. However, just monetary compensation can help ease the burden of medical bills, final expenses, and help support any dependants left behind by the deceased. Please contact us at / or call attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159 if you would like help filing a claim.
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December 26 fatal I-5 accident near Tuolumne Avenue

On December 26 a man was killed in a rollover accident on I-5. He was driving southbound near Tuolumne Avenue when the vehicle drifted, hit a median, and rolled. The car rolled several times and the man was thrown from the vehicle. Reportedly the weather was rainy at the time of the accident and neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor. /
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December 28 modesto accident on Briggsmore Avenue

On December 28 a man was injured when his vehicle ran off the road and into an irrigation ditch on Griggsmore Avenue in Modesto. Reportedly, an older man was taken to the hospital for treatment after rescue crews pulled him from the vehicle. He was changing lanes when his vehicle ran off the road and into the irrigation ditch. /
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December 24 accident near Merced kills two

On December 24 two men were killed in a wrongful death accident near Dickenson Ferry Road and Gurr Road near Merced. The accident occurred when the driver of a pickup ran a stop sign and broad sided a sedan. A passenger in the sedan was hospitalized with injuries. The passengers in the pickup both had minor injuries. However, the drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene of th accident. /
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December 25 fatal rollover near Turlock

On December 25 a man was killed in an accident on South Central Avenue near West Main Street near Turlock. Reportedly, the man was driving his Honda Accord when he went off the side of the road, hit a utility pole, continued to travel, and rolled several times. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. An investigation is being conducted to determine if alcohol or drugs were contributing factors in the accident. /
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December 24 fatal accident on Claribel Road and Coffee Road in Modesto

On December 24 a man was killed in an accident on Claribel Road near Coffee Road in Modesto. The accident occurred when the driver of a Toyota Corolla failed to stop at a stop sign. The car was traveling on Coffee Road when it went through the intersection, off the side of the road, turned back and crossed Claribel before hitting a utility pole. As the car hit the pole it spun. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected onto the road. He was then taken to Memorial Medical Center. Investigators believe that the driver was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash. The passenger in the vehicle was not injured. /
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Wrongful death on Kern County motorcycle

December 25, 2009--A Christmas day accident took the life of a 48 year old Bakersfield woman named Rosalinda Castanon.  The victim was riding as a passenger.  The driver was also injured and taken to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.  The accident occurred on Granite Road just west of Round mountain Road.
Please contact the Visalia law firm of Nelson and Rozier for further investigation.  /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for automobile crashes, wrongful deaths and personal injuries.  Big rig collisions, tankers, semi trucks.  Fog, dust storm, downed or obstructed stop signs.
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Attorney added to Nelson & Rozier

Attorney Ryan T. Nelson has joined the law firm of Nelson & Rozier, a full service tort litigation law firm for the entire San Joaquin Valley.  His first trial assignment was as second chair in the recently completed Tulare County Superior Court action of Rogers vs. Slover and Storms.  The trial was spread over 6 weeks and included 17 days of testimony and argument.  On a split verdict of 9 to 3 the jury awarded nearly $13 million.  Lead counsel for Slover was Attorney John L. Rozier.   /
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2 Wrongful Deaths in collision near Merced

December 24, 2009--A Christmas Eve tragedy took the lives of both drivers in a motor vehicle collision near Merced.  A 2005 Ford F-350 pickup driving eastbound on Dickenson Ferry Road ran a stop sign and collided with a Ford Focus traveling southbound on Gurr Road.  A passenger in the Focus sustained major injuries and was transported to a hospital in Modesto.  Further  investigation will reveal if the stop sign was obstructed or if any other factor may have contributed to this accident.  Please call Attorney John Rozier to initiate this process.  559-713-0159  /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for automobile crashes, wrongful deaths and personal injuries.  Big rig collisions, tankers, semi trucks.  Fog, dust storm, downed or obstructed stop signs.
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December 23 train accident dies from injuries, identified

The woman hit by a train in Fresno and dragged over 100 feet on December 23 has been identified as Tammy Pitts. She and a male companion were attempting to cross between train cars near Ventura and G Streets when the train began to move. The woman tripped and was dragged along the tracks for over 100 feet. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. It was there that she later died of injuries related to the accident. /
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December 23 train accident seriously injures one pedestrian

On December 21 a woman was seriously injured after being hit by a train and dragged more than 100 feet in Fresno near G Street and Ventura Street. The woman and her male companion reportedly became impatient after waiting for the stopped train that was blocking their way. The man climbed between two cars, but when the woman went to follow she fell as the train began to move again. She was dragged more than 100 feet then rushed to Community Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. /
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December 21 Highway 99 accident seriously injures one

On December 21 a teenage girl was seriously injured when the vehicle she was riding in crashed on southbound Highway 99 near R Street. Reportedly the highway was wet because of rain and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Honda overturned down an embankment after spinning onto the shoulder.  Maricza Cruz was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. Cruz was pinned in the vehicle until emergency crews removed her. Then she was taken to a Modesto hospital. /
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Two Fresno women die in Friant crash

December 21, 2009--A late Monday crash resulted in the deaths of two women south of Millerton Lake in Fresno County.  The vehicle went off the road at about 11:15 p.m.  The wrongful death victims were identified as Katherine Beltran and Rosemary Salcedo.  The family of the passenger is requested to contact us for further investigation. Fresno born attorney John L. Rozier has a personal injury practice located in Visalia, California.  We are willing to investigate any accident claim with potential liability.   /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for automobile crashes, wrongful deaths and personal injuries.  Big rig collisions, tankers, semi trucks. Fog, dust storm, downed or obstructed stop signs.
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Highway 43 accident in Kern County

December 21, 2009--Last Monday's accident between a small vehicle and a semi-truck took the life of one and injured 2 others.  The injured parties were transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.  The driver of the small vehicle was booked for DUI.  He was identified as David Lewis and he sustained serious injuries.  His passenger died.  The location of the accident was at the intersection of Highway 43 and Kimberlina Road near Bakersfield in Kern County.  The family of the deceased is requested to contact the law offices of Nelson and Rozier in Visalia for further investigation of this accident.  /
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Truxton accident in Bakersfield

December 20 2009--The Bakersfield police department reported an injury accident from last Sunday which occurred in the 3300 block of Truxton.  Fidel Cordero crossed over the center line and collided with a minivan driven by Matthew Benjamin of Taft.  They were each transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.  The law firm of Nelson and Rozier would like to further investigate this accident and represent the injured parties.  Please call us in the morning.  559-713-0159, Attorney John Rozier.  /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney  Your lawyer for automobile crashes, wrongful deaths, and personal injuries.  Big rig collisions, tankers, semi trucks.  Fog, dust storm, downed or obstructed stop sign.
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Pedestrian wrongful death in Bakersfield on Truxton

December 18, 2009--The pedestrian struck and killed on Truxton last Friday was identified as Yolanda Sue Gonzales, age 49 of Bakersfield.  A hit and run vehicle traveling eastbound on Truxton struck her while she was crossing the street.  She was transported to Kern Medical Center.  The vehicle was identified as a white compact.  Ms Gonzales' wrongful death may result in an uninsured motorist claim against her own insurance company if she was insured.  Please contact Attorney John Rozier of Visalia if you would like this matter investigated further.  / 
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December 18 fatal accident on I-5 near Highway 145

On December 18 Tanvi Jain was killed when the car she was riding in drifted off the road and flipped on I-5 near Highway 145. Kanishka Jain was driving the Toyota Scion northbound on I-5 when the car drifted off the road and overturned. Another passenger, Tanay Jain sustained moderate injuries. While the nature of this accident is tragic and monetary compensation cannot bring Tanvi back, it can help to take care of her final expenses and ease the burden on any dependants she may have. If you would like an expert to investigate the road conditions related to this accident further please contact us at / or call attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.
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December 20 Modesto pedestrian accident on West Orangeburg Avenue

On December 20 a two-year-old boy was hospitalized after being hit by a car on West Orangeburg Avenue in Modesto. Reportedly, the toddler had run into the street from a Denny's parking lot when he was hit by a Nissan driven by a 19-year-old modesto woman. He was taken to the hospital and treated for fractures and facial cuts. A day later he was listed in stable condition.
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December 19 Highway 101 fatal pedestrian accident

On December 19 Ismael Gamboa was killed when he was hit by a car while walking along Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. He was hit by a BMW driven by George Patton of Fresno. Patton was driving southbound in the fast lane near Madonna Road when he hit Gamboa. Gamboa had been walking along the right southbound shoulder when he ran directly into traffic. After the accident, Patton was found to be drunk and was booked into th county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. /
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December 17 Highway 99 accident near Livingston

On December 17 two vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway 99 near Livingston. Joseph Mendoza rear-ended James Burns in the fast lane of the highway at an unknown rate of speed. Mendoza did not suffer any injuries. Burns was reported to have minor injuries. Mendoza, an off-duty CHP officer, was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test. /
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December 17 motorcycle accident in Modesto injures one

On December 17 Luis Roman crashed his motorcycle on Oakdale Road near Lancey Drive in Modesto. Reportedly he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into a trailer. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital. His injuries are said to be minor. /
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December 17 four-car accident on Highway 99 in Modesto

On December 17 four vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway 99 in Modesto. The accident happened when a big rig hit a PT Cruiser on the off ramp when the driver couls not slow down enough. The PT Cruiser then hit another vehicle which then hit a fourth vehicle. Only minor injuries were reported. One motorist was taken to a local hospital after complaining of pain. /
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December 17 fatal pedestrian accident on Highway 99 near Turlock

On December 17 a man was killed when he was hit by a truck on Highway 99 near Turlock. A truck driver called and reported that he had hit a man just after 1 am on December 17. Reportedly the man walked into the southbound lane, raised his arms, and was hit. Authorities are calling it an apparent suicide. /
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December 15 Highway 99 accident near Lodi kills Charles Inderbitzen

On December 15 Charles Inderbitzen was killed when the car he was driving hit a tree along Highway 99 near Lodi. Reportedly, Inderbitzen was driving a stolen car over 100 mph at the time of the accident. He also was not wearing a seat belt. /
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December 15 Highway 99 5-car accident in Merced injures 2

On December 15 five cars were involved in a collision on Highway 99 near Winton Parkway in Merced. The accident happened when the driver of a Chevy pickup failed to see the traffic ahead of him slowing down. He tried to swerve to avoid an accident but hit a Ford Ranger. He then swerved into the median, lost control of the vehicle, and hit a Toyota Tundra. The Chevy then hit a Honda Pilot. The Pilot was then pushed into the slow lane and hit a big rig. Two people were treated for injuries. This is a good example of how one minor incident can quickly escalate. It was fortunate that no major injuries resulted from this accident. /
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December 16 accident on Highway 101 near Paso Robles

On December 16 parts of Highway 101 were closed after an accident north of Paso Robles. The accident occurred around 6:42 am between a pickup truck and a big rig. Reportedly, the big rig was jack knifed in the lanes of the highway and there was a man pinned inside the pickup truck. Details about the cause of the crash and the extent of injuries is unavailable at this time. /
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Severe fog causes accident on Highway 180 near Kerman and on Highway 99 near Avenue 368

On December 16 Highway 180 mear Madera Avenue in Kerman was blocked due to a fog-related accident. The CHP also reported an accident between a pickup and a big rig on Highway 99 near Avenue 368 that was due to the fog. Several Valley school districts were on foggy day schedules and the CHP is pacing traffic in various areas of the Valley. Visibility was reported to be less than 200 feet on Highway 198 in Hanford and less than 500 feet from Tulare to Kingsburg. Motorists are cautioned to drive at speeds appropriate for the conditions to avoid further incidents.
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Bodu from December 14 canal crash in Lindsay identified

The body found in the Friant-Kern Canal in Lindsay on December 14 has been identified as Gregorio Aquilar. Authorities were alerted around noon on December 14 that a car had driven off the road and into the canal. The car was recovered later that day with the body inside. Apparently, Aquilar was driving his SUV near East Fir Street and Strathmore Road in Lindsay when he went through a guard rail and into the canal. According to the CHP Aquilar was driving at unsafe speeds and drowning was the cause of death. /
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December 14 car recovered from a canal near Lindsay

On December 14 a car with a body inside was pulled from the Friant-Kern Canal near Lindsay near East Fir and Strathmore streets. A body was recovered from the vehicle. It is unclear if the vehicle went off the road shortly before the accident was reported or if the vehicle had been in the canal awhile. Details of the crash and the person recovered from the vehicle are unavailable at this time. /
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December 14 I-5 accident near Coalinga kills one

On December 14 a San Fernando man was killed when he was thrown from his vehicle during an accident on I-5 near Coalinga. The accident occurred around 2 pm south of Jayne Avenue. The man, reportedly, was not wearing a seat belt. He was air lifted to Community Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The man was driving northbound on I-5 when he swerved to avoid hitting a semi truck. This caused his van to roll over in the center median. If you would like an expert to come out and investigate the scene of the accident further to determine if road conditions were a factor please contact us at /.Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for car crashes, wrongful deaths and personal injuries in the San Joaquin Valley.  Big rig crashes, tankers, semi trucks.  Fog, dust storms, downed or blocked stop signs.
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Foggy conditions throughout the Valley December 15

Many areas of the Valley reported foggy conditions this morning, December 15. School districts across the Valley that opted for a foggy day schedule are Central Unified, Caruthers, Alvina, Monroe, Pixley Union, Raisin City, and Tipton Elementary. Conditions were bad enough for the CHP to pace traffic along highway 41 between Elkhorn and Excelsior Avenues. Visibility in that area was reported to be around 100 feet. Traffic was also being paced on Highway 198 from 18th Avenue to Avenal. Dense fog has also been reported on Highway 99 between Delano and Tulare. Foggy conditions are the cause for many accidents throughout the Valley each year. Motorists are cautioned to drive at speeds appropriate for the conditions and be aware of road conditions before leaving home in order to allow adequate time for travel. /
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San Fernando man killed on I-5 near Coalinga

December 14, 2009--Earlier today an accident on I-5 caused the wrongful death of a man from San Fernando.  The accident occurred near Coalinga.  If family members of the decedent would like to have this accident investigated further by a privately retained engineer, then please call me at 559-713-0159  (Attorney John Rozier of Visalia located just 40 miles from the accident scene)  /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for car crashes, wrongful deaths, major injuries.  Big rig collisions, tankers, semi trucks.  Fog accidents, dust storms, and cases of downed or obstructed stop signs.
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Traffic affected by construction on Highway 198 in Visalia

An overpass is scheduled to be built over Highway 198 at Santa Fe in Visalia. Construction will begin this week. A lot of the work will be performed at night. This will cause the eastbound lanes to be closed from 8pm Wednesday to 6 am Thursday as well as the westbound lanes from 10 pm Thursday to 5 am Friday. In addition, the eastbound on ramp and the west bound off ramp at Court Street will be closed from 9 am to 3 pm. These closures will likely impact traffic. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of possible delays, drive carefully through the construction area, and take alternate routes if possible. /
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December 12 crash on Highway 99 in Fresno takes the life of Victor Perez

Early on the morning of December 12 Victor Perez was killed in an accident on Highway 99 in Fresno. He was driving northbound near Olive Avenue when he drifted onto the shoulder and hit the concrete center divider. This caused the truck he was driving to overturn. The northbound lanes were closed for two hours. Reportedly Perez had been drinking and was not wearing a seat belt. /
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December 9 Visalia pedestrian accident

On December 9 Cynthia Valero was hit by a car while crossing Acequia Avenue in Visalia. Reportedly she was walking outside of the crosswalk west of Locust Street when she was hit by a GMC Acadia driven by Pamela Taylor. Valero was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with major head trauma. She is now listed in good condition. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located in Visalia just a couple of miles from the scene of the accident. If you would like an expert to further investigate the scene please contact us at / or call attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.
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December 11 Kettleman City Accident may have caused a fatality

On December 11 a rollover crash was reported on 21st Avenue near Utica Avenue, southeast of Kettleman City. The accident may have caused a fatality according to the California Highway Patrol. No other information is available at this time. /
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December 8 fatal collision on Highway 180 in Fresno

On December 8 Raymond Martinez was killed in an accident on Highway 180 in Fresno. The accident happened when his 1998 Chrysler Sebring crossed into the westbound lane and hit a pickup truck. The accident happened near Polk Avenue in Fresno. /
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December 10 Fresno motorcycle accident

On December 10 a Fresno motorcycle police officer was involved in an accident with a vehicle in northeast Fresno. Reportedly a vehicle swerved in front of the officer and the officer swerved to avoid the vehicle. While the injuries were not life-threatening, the officer was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. /
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Wrongful death accident on Highway 41 at Jackson near Lemoore

December 7, 2009--A vehicle driven by Douglas Skubitz was broadsided last Monday and pushed into a light pole.  Mr. Skubitz expired in the collision.  It occurred on Highway 41 and Jackson near Lemoore as he was traveling to the coast.  A 2008 Dodge Charger driven by the other driver ran a stop sign.The law firm of Nelson and Rozier in Visalia is currently in litigation over a very similar accident which also took place on Highway 41.  In that other action the driver ran  into the path of the plaintiff vehicle after crossing a prohibitively wide median.  The fatality, however, was caused by striking a light pole which was designed to breakaway and did not.  Further investigation of this most recent accident will determine if a valid action against Cal Trans can be filed.  We can have an investigator to the scene within hours of being retained.  Nelson and Rozier is a full service litigation firm which represents injured parties and also defends institutional clients such as Kaweah Delta District Hospital and the City of Lemoore.  Please give me a call.  John Rozier  559-713-0159.   /
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More storms could cause more traffic delays on Interstate 5 and Highway 58

Business travelers were delayed December 7 and 8 as portions of Interstate 5 and Highway 58 were closed for winter storms. I-5 was closed after 5 pm December 7 and did not reopen until 9 am December 8, and even then cars were only allowed through with police escorts. Two more storms are predicted to be on the way. Drivers are cautioned to be aware of weather conditions before leaving home, carry chains in their vehicles, and drive at speeds appropriate for the conditions. /
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December 6 pedestrian accident in Oakdale

On December 9 an elementary school student in Oakdale was hit by a car while crossing in the crosswalk at the intersection of North Lee and Pontiac. The child, a student at Fair Oaks Elementary School, suffered minor injuries. The car that hit them was making a left-hand turn when it hit the sixth grader. The boy was taken to Kaiser Modesto Medical Center where he was only treated for superficial bumps and bruises. reportedly, the driver was momentarily blinded by the sun as he turned east and will not be cited. /
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December 9 Highway 99 accident near Earlimart kills one

On December 9 a Ford F-150 crashed off of Highway 99, through a barbed wire fence, flipped several times, and landed in a ditch near Earlimart. The landing spot of the vehicle was not visible from the freeway.
this resulted in the accident not being reported for about two hours. One man was killed in the crash, another man suffered major injuries, and a woman suffered minor injuries. All three of the victims were trapped inside the vehicle until the woman managed to pull herself from the vehicle and walk in the freezing temperatures to the 4-star Cold Storage facility to use the phone and report the accident. The two survivors of the crash were taken to Delano Medical Center for treatment. The names of the victims were not released. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located in Visalia, just north of the site of the accident. If you would like a specialist to further investigate the road conditions and possible causes of the accident please contact us at /.
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December 7 big rig accident on Highway 99 in Ceres

On December 7 Parvinder Sandhu was driving his big rig on Highway 99 near Mitchell Road in Ceres when his truck hit a car and veered off of the road. The driver of the car was not injured. Sandhu was driving northbound when he saw the traffic backing up ahead of him. He went to change lanes to the left when the back of his trailer hit the Honda Civic driven by Sandeep Kandola. The slippery road conditions, caused by rain, caused his truck to slide to the right, through a guardrail, and down an embankment. Kandola, a nursing student, went and treated Sandhu's cuts and abrasions. Sandhu was then taken to Kaiser modesto Medical Center for observation. /
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December 6 Scooter accident in San Luis Obispo killed Clayt Casey

On December 6 Clayt Casey was killed when his scooter was hit by a pickup truck at Los Ranchos Road and Highway 227 in San Luis Obispo. Reportedly, Casey ran a red light on his electric scooter and then was hit by the pickup truck driven by Christopher King. King was traveling 55-60 mph. He swerved and hit his brakes, but could not avoid hitting Casey. Casey was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious head injuries. He was taken to French Hospital Medical Center where he then died.  Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Clayt Casey. Monetary compensation cannot heal the holes in your hearts, but it can help to cover Clayt's final expenses. /
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December 4 Kern County Pedestrian Accident

On December 4 James Kelly was killed while crossing Lake Isabella Boulevard in an electric wheel chair. He was hit by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Robert John Lee. According to reports, Kelly was crossing west to east when he entered the street directly into Lee's path. Lee tried to avoid Kelly by slamming on his brakes and swerving, but was unable to avoid hitting him. Kelly was taken to Kern Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. This accident was truly a tragedy. It is unclear if Kelly was in the cross walk or why he entered the road way. It is also unknown if Kelly left any family behind. We would be interested in investigating this accident further. /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney.  Your lawyer for auto crashes, wrongful death accidents, and major personal injuries in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California.  Big rig collisions, tanker accidents, semi truck wrecks.  Fog, dust storms and accidents resulting from road conditions such as downed or obstructed stop signs.
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December 6 Bakersfield accident at 22nd Street and C Street

On December 6 a man ran a stop sign at C street and 22nd Street in Bakersfield and hit Jeff Ross's Lexus. The Lexus and the rental car the man was driving were both totaled as a result of the accident. The man then took off on foot then was later chased by neighbors and apprehended by officers. According to witnesses, the man hit his head on the windshield and as a result had a very bloody face. According to locals, the intersection of C Street and 22nd Street is often a problematic intersection as people use the residential streets as a short cut too access Highway 178. Ross was not seriously hurt as a rusult of the accident. /
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December 5 accident near Raisin City

On December 5 three people were hospitalized when their car rolled repeatedly near Manning and Cornelia Avenues in Raisin City. Javier Castillo Garcia was driving when he swerved and caused the car to roll. He was thrown out of the car and was air lifted to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. He was placed on life support. His passengers Toribo Lopez and Ricardo Lopez had minor and moderate injuries, respectively. /
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Lake Isabella man in wheelchair run over

December 4, 2009--Last Friday a Lake Isabella man in Kern County was run over by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Robert John Lee. The victim was identified as 69 year old James T. Kelly.  He apparently crossed Lake Isabella Blvd. directly in the path of the vehicle leading to his wrongful death.  It is curious why the driver never saw the disabled man crossing the street and whether he was crossing in a crosswalk.  The law firm of Nelson and Rozier in Visalia would like to investigate this accident further.  Please call Attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159.  /
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December 3 industrial accident in Lemon Cove leaves one man dead

On December 3 Christopher McPherson of Arizona was killed during an industrial accident at the Vulcan Materials site in Lemon Cove. McPherson was not an employee of the plant but was part of construction crew hired to install equipment to manufacture asphalt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. While monetary compensation will not bring back the deceased, it can help support any dependants he may have left behind and cover his final expenses. Since McPherson was killed while on the job there is a possibility of a workman's compensation claim. If you are interested in a free consultation with a local attorney please contact us at / or call attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159
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December 4 Highway 99 accident in Ripon near Hammett Road

On December 4 a man lost control of his vehicle and rolled while traveling southbound on Highway 99 near Hammett Road in Ripon. He allegedly had just finished robbing the Bank of Stockton and was involved in a police pursuit at the time of the accident. The man was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto to be treated for injuries. His identity will be released after witnesses identify him in a line up. /
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Arizona man dies at Vulcan Materials plant in Lemon Cove

December 3, 2009--According to the Visalia Times Delta, last Thursday an industrial accident took the life of an Arizona man at the Lemon Cove Vulcan Materials plant located in Tulare County.  The wrongful death victim was identified as Christopher McPherson, age 28.  He apparently was installing new equipment as an outside contractor.Under California law, even though this accident occurred at work, if employees of any company other than his direct employer contributed to the accident then a third party suit can be filed in addition to a workers compensation claim.  If family members of the deceased would like us to retain the services of an outside engineer to further investigate this accident, then please call. Call Attorney John Rozier in Visalia (located just 10 miles from the scene of this accident)  559-713-0159  /Fresno-Visalia-Bakersfield accident attorney  Your lawyer for auto wrecks, wrongful deaths and personal injuries.  Big rig accidents, milk tanker collisions, semi trucks.  Fog, dust storms, and downed or obstructed stop signs.
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December 3: several crashes on Road 80 near Traver

On the afternoon of December 3 there was a series of crashes on Road 80, north of Avenue 376, near Traver. The accidents involved a total of seven vehicles. While injuries were reported to be minor, at least one person was pinned inside of a vehicle. The accidents caused Road 80 to be closed in both directions. /
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December 4 Fog Related Accident near Kerman at Madera and Central Avenues

On December 4 two vehicles were involved in a fog related accident at Madera Avenue and Central Avenue near Kerman. One of the vehicles overturned as a result of the accident. The extent of injuries and indentities of victims are unknown at this time. Heavy fog has been reported all throughout the San Joaquin Valley and motorists are cautioned to drive at appropriate speeds for the conditions. /
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December 4 Fog Related Accident in Fresno on Manning Avenue

On December 4 a big rig and a van collided on Manning Avenue due to fog. The visibility in that area is reported to be down to 200 feet. Other areas of Manning Avenue report visibility less than 500 feet. Injuries in the accident were minor, but drivers are cautioned to be aware of debris that may be in the road. Fog contributes to many accidents in the San Joaquin Valley every year. While this accident appears to have been minor, a minor accident can quickly turn into a major pile-up if other motorists do not drive with caution. /
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New Section of Highway 180 opened December 3

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new section of Highway 180 between Clovis Avenue and Temperance Avenue was held this morning. This new section of Highway will reduce commuter traffic and therefore make the roadways of Fresno County a little bit safer. This project was funded through Fresno County's half cent transportation sales tax and Measure C. The next project on Highway 180 will be to widen the section between Temperance and Academy Avenues. /
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Fog continues throughout the Valley

Heavy fog was reported this morning on the Fresno-Tulare County line. Visibility was reportedly 500 feet or less. Further south on Highway 99 visibility was reported at 200 feet. Southbound Highway 41 between Manning and Nebraska had reported visibility of 300-400 feet. Motorists are cautioned to drive more slowly during foggy conditions. A vehicle should be able to stop within the visibility range. For instance, if visibility is 500 feet, the vehicle should be going slow enough to reach a complete stop within 500 feet. This will ensure that the driver will not be caught off guard by hidden obstacles and will have adequate time to stop. /
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Court awards close to half a million in wrongful death suit

Two years ago Karen Jen was tragically killed when she was out for her daily walk when she was hit by Craig Howard as he was driving home from work. The Fresno County Superior Court awarded the plaintiff, Jen's son, $452,680 for this wrongful death case. Howard was on his cell phone when the accident happened. He had placed calls back to work, but the jury decided that the calls were not required as part of his job. If it had been decided that Howard was "on the job" the settlement could have been much larger as corporations, or cities as is the case in this instance, generally have larger insurance policies to pull from. If you have been involved in an accident with someone who was on the job at the time of the accident the corporation may possibly be held partially at fault. /
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December 2 Fresno accident

Early on the morning if December 2 two people were hospitalized when a car and school bus collided at Brawley Avenue and Shaw Avenue in Fresno. The two people in the car were taken to the hospital. There were no students on the bus, and the bus driver was not treated for injuries. The people in the car were pinned inside and had to be rescued by firefighters who cut off the door. At the time of print it was unclear who was at fault for the accident. /
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Patchy fog is Valley requires extra caution

According to the Fresno Bee, patchy fog in the Valley prompted a special weather alert from the National Weather Service. Visibility on Highway 198 was as little as a quarter mile. Other major roads affected by the fog are routes 41, 43, 99, and 152. Drivers are cautioned to leave extra early to allow for adequate time when driving, drive more slowly, and leave extra room for other vehicles. Every year fog-related accidents cause fatalities on the Valley's roadways. Our lawfirm specializes in fog-related accidents and urges drivers to drive with caution to avoid further calamity. /
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November 26 San Luis Obispo County accident kills Justin Spisak

On November 26 Justin Spisak was towing a trailer with a Chevy Trailblazer in San Luis Obispo County near Atascadero when he lost control of the vehicle and rolled into a ditch. Spisak declined medical help, but was found dead on Friday morning. Spisak went to bed Thursday night in the home of a co-worker and never woke up. The Trailblazer he was driving was not registered under his name. It is possible that he was on the job when the accident happened. It is unclear why Spisak denied medical help.  Please contact us at / if you are interested in a free consultation.
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Bakersfield woman killed in accident on Panama Road

November 30, 2009--According to The Bakersfield Californian newspaper, a 49 year old Bakersfield woman was the victim of a wrongful death accident on Monday when a truck in the oncoming lane jackknifed into her lane.  The driver of the truck was Juan Manuel Badillo.  The victim was identified as Rosa Maria Ozuna.  Two other passengers in the pick-up suffered minor injuries and were taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment.  The accident took place on Panama Road east of Cottonwood Road in Kern County.If the family of the deceased would like our firm to send a private engineer to further investigate this accident, please call Attorney John Rozier in Visalia at 559-713-0159.  /
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Two victims of November 29 motorcycle accident in Lindsay identified

On November 29 Javier Benitez Luna was killed and Juan Carlos Zapata was critically injured when their motorbike and ATV collided when both drivers failed to stop at a four-way stop in Lindsay. Both men were reportedly wearing helmets. A toxicology test is being done to determine if alcohol was a factor. The accident occurred at the intersection of Sierra View Street and Lafayette Avenue in Lindsay around 8 pm. Zapata was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. Luna was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. /
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November 25 Visalia accident victim identified

On November 25 Michael Beasley was killed when his car hit a bicyclist and then a tree on Caldwell Avenue near Burke Street in Visalia.  According to the Tulare County Coronor's Office the cause of Beasley's death was the trauma of the blunt force to his torso. The bicyclist escaped with only minor injuries. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located on Caldwell Avenue, just up the road from the scene of the accident. Our lawyers specialize in traffic-related fatalities. /
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Victims of November 27 Highway 198 accident in Visalia identified

On November 27 an accident on Highway 198 at McAuliff took the life of Jorge Perez and placed Valentina Gonzalez in the hospital with major injuries. Perez was driving a Chevrolet westbound on Nobel Avenue, a frontage road of Highway 198, when his car veered and hit a tree near McAuliff Avenue. Officers are investigating this as a possible attempted murder/suicide. The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located just a couple of miles from the scene of the accident. /
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November 29 Fresno accident on Chestnut Avenue kills three

On November 29 three teenagers were killed in an accident in Fresno on Chestnut Avenue. Jose Barriga, Monique Sandhu, and Francisco Gonzalez were all killed when the car Barriga was driving crashed into a lightpole at Lane Avenue. Barriga was speeding north on Chestnut Avenue when the crash happened. The impact of the accident split the car in two. The three victims mentioned above were all pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Another passenger was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The only passenger wearing a seat belt was treated for moderate injuries. Barriga was driving with a suspended license and police are currently conducting a toxicology test to see if alcohol was a factor. While monetary compensation cannot bring back the deceased or take away physical pain and auffering, it can help ease the burden of hospital bills and funeral expenses. Please contact us at / or call attorney John Rozier at 559-713-0159 if you are interested in a free consultation.
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November 30 motorcycle crash in Fresno kills one

On November 30 Jonathan Munro was killed when his motorcycle crashed near Behymer and Chestnut Avenues in Fresno. CHP attempted to pull over Munro, who was speeding, when Munro drove his motorcycle into a residential area and school zone. Officers slowed down for safety reasons. Later they found out that Munro had been thrown from the motorcycle and was dead at the scene of the accident.  /
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November 30 accident in Turlock

On November 30 there was a two car crash in Turlock at the intersection of Christoffersen Parkway and Colorado Avenue. A woman was driving a Saturn eastbound on Christoffersen Parkway when she failed to stop at a stop sign. Her car broadsided a van traveling northbound on Colorado Avenue. The van was knocked to its side by the impact of the crash. The woman suffered a broken leg. The passenger in her car and the driver of the other car only suffered minor injuries. /
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