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August 2010 Archives

August 24 Strathmore Accident

On August 24 Bernardo Zavala critically injured in an accident in Strathmore in Tulare County. According to reports Zavala was westbound on Avenue 184 when he ran a stop sign. His van was then hit by a truck, driven by Michael Stone, traveling northbound on Road 208. Zavala had failed to yield at the stop sign, therefore Stone had the right of way.  Zavala was taken via helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he was listed in critical condition. Stone escaped the accident uninjured. It is unknown why Zavala did not stop at the stop sign.

August 24 wrongful death pedestrian accident in Tulare County

On August 24 a man was killed when he was hit by a car. The accident happened near the intersection of Avenue 80 and Road 131 near Visalia in Tulare County. Reportedly that the victim was standing in the westbound lane of Avenue 80 when the vehicle hit him. The driver took off after the accident.

Motorcycle crash in Tulare sends man to hospital

August 24, 2010--Yesterday's motorcycle crash west of Tulare sent Henry Carrasco, age 35 of Tulare to the hospital with serious leg injuries.  The location of the accident was on West street just north of Gail.  A Ford Explorer driven by Phyllis Valenzuela reportedly turned left into his path.Before the vehicles are repaired it would be important to determine if the black box data on the Explorer may have preserved the speed of that vehicle.  Further, a thorough investigation will rule out comparative fault.  Our firm is located just 10 miles from the scene of this accident.  Please give us a call.

Fatal big rig accident in Tulare County

August 23, 2010--Yesterday's fatal big rig accident in Tulare County killed a Tulare man who was a passenger in a van which ran a stop sign.  The location was Avenue 232 and Road 36.  The van driven by Victor Anguiano broadsided a freightliner driven by Valentin Ramirez.The deceased was identified as Luis Camacho Asa.  If his family would like this accident investigated, please give us a call.

August 22 Highway 198 accident in Tulare County

On August 22 there was an accident on Highway 198 in Visalia just west of Road 180 that injured five people. Reportedly Ofelia Vazquez, of L.A., was the driver of the westbound Ford Focus. Vazquez was westbound on Highway 198 when she left the road, entered the median, returned to the road, hit an RV, crossed the median and the eastbound lanes, and hit a cement barrier. Vazquez along with her four passengers, including two children, were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center with complaints of pain.

August 21 Highway 99 accident in Tulare County

On August 21 there was an accident on Highway 99 in Tulare County near Visalia. According to reports the accident involved two SUV's, one white and the other silver. The white SUV rolled over in the accident. The silver SUV had minor damage to the rear passenger’s side. The silver SUV had the driver and a boy inside at the time of the accident. No further details involving the possible cause of the accident, the injuries sustained as a result of the accident, or the persons involved are available at this time.

August 14 Highway 140 wrongful death accident in Mariposa County

On August 14 Deana Smith, Michael Smith, and Sharon Law were all tragically killed in a head-on collision on Highway 140 in Mariposa County. According to reports Marissa Fuqua was eastbound on Highway 140 when she crossed over the middle line while attempting to navigate a curve. Fuqua's vehicle first hit a motorcycle and then a Ford Escape. The two people on the motorcycle, Deana and Michael Smith, were killed along with the driver of the Escape, Sharon Law. Fuqua and her three passengers were treated at a local hospital with injuries ranging from moderate to major.

August 15 Portervilled rollover accident

On August 15 there was a rollover accident on Highway 65 in Porterville in Tulare County. According to reports a Ford Explorer was southbound on Highway 65 when he veered left and overturned. Investigators have concluded that a tire may have blown out on the vehicle causing the accident. The vehicle rolled several times before landing on its wheels. The driver was found unconscious by emergency crews and had suffered a head injury.

August 16 COS accident in Visalia

On August 16 there was an accident on South Verde Vista Street near Campus Drive near the College of the Sequoias campus in Visalia. According to reports the accident involved a Chevrolet Malibu and a Saturn. There were injuries reported, however the extent of the injuries is unknown. No further details regarding the cause of the accident identities of the persons involved are available at this time.

August 13 wrongful death accident in I-5 in Merced County

On August 13 Aiden Santos was killed in a tragic accident on I-5 in Merced County. Reportedly Aris Santos was driving the Toyota Sienna carrying three adults and four children in the slow lane near Santa Nella.  Santos reported that he looked up and saw a U-Haul just ahead of his vehicle. He slammed on the brakes and swerved then lost control of the van. This caused the van to go down an embankment and then roll several times. Aiden and Arissa Santos were both ejected from the vehicle.  Aiden was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Arissa was taken via air to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries. The other passengers in the vehicles were taken via ambulance to a hospital in Los Banos with minor injuries. Investigators determined that the children were not properly buckled in with four children sharing three seat belts.

August 13 wrongful death at Highway 140 and Whitworth in Merced County

On August 13  one man was killed in an accident a the intersection of Highway 140 and Whitworth Road in western Merced County. According to reports the man was southbound on Whitworth Road approaching Highway 140 when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Hector Flores Sanchez was driving his big rig pulling a trailer eastbound on Highway 140 when he hit the victim’s vehicle. Sanchez said he saw the vehicle and attempted to brake but was not able to stop in time. The driver of the southbound vehicle died at the scene of the accident.

August 8 Tulare County pedestrian accident

On August 8 one person was killed after being hit by a car.  Reportedly the accident happened just north of Tulare on West Street near Zumwalt Avenue. Tess Wilker was driving north on West Street when she hit the pedestrian who was also traveling north. Wilker said she did not see the pedestrian until it was too late. /As an update, the black box data on the car may tell us its speed before impact.  Also, the color of clothing worn, the activities of the pedestrian and the width of the road all come into play.  Call us if you would like a full review of this incident.

Greyhound Bus Accident victim improves

One of the victims from the July 22 Greyhound Bus accident in Fresno that took six lives has improved from critical condition to serious. Sinforosa Arreola suffered two fractured arms, two fractured legs, and several fractured ribs as a result of the accident. She also underwent surgery shortly after the accident to remove blood from her lungs. Her husband, Tomas Ponce, died at the hospital after the accident.

August 6 Selma pedestrian accident on Highway 99

On August 6 a man was killed after being hit by a car while crossing Highway 99 in Selma. According to reports the man was running from a supermarket after having stolen some beer when he entered the freeway and headed east across the southbound lanes. Unfortunately he was hit by a Honda driven by Marion Bliss and a Toyota driven by John Tahi

August 4 Madera County bicycle accident

On August 4 Sebastian Ruiz was injured when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle near Road 24 and Avenue 14 in Madera County. According to reports Sebastian was riding on Road 24 off the paved part when a four-door car drifted off the road and hit him. Sebastian landed on the hood of the car before he was thrown onto the shoulder of the road. The driver of the car quickly took off. Sebastian was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center. He was originally listed in moderate condition, but his condition has since been downgraded to critical. The driver of the vehicle is said to have been drinking when he hit Sebastian on his bike. /As an update, the speed of the vehicle can be determined in some cases from the black box data in the vehicle airbag.  Possible sources of recovery include the insurance policy for the at fault driver, underinsured motorist coverage for the victim's family, and punitive damages.  Please give us a call.

August 4 Fresno Accident on Highway 99

On August 4 there was an accident in Fresno on Highway 99. According to reports the accident hapenned around 6:30 am near the on ramp at Stanislaus Street. The crash involved pickup truck and a car. One person suffered moderate injuries as a result of the accident. No further information is available at this time.

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