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December 2010 Archives

Bicycle rider struck and killed in Dinuba

December 27, 2010--Monday's hit and run accident in Dinuba occurred on Road 408.  An unidentified vehicle struck a cyclist who later died at Sierra Kings Hospital in Reedley.  Even though the driver may never be identified, the family of the deceased may have a valid uninsured motorist claim under their own insurance policy.  Please give us a call.  559-713-0159 in Visalia.
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December 12 Sonora accident


On December 12 there was an accident in Sonora on Stockton Road that left a teenager in critical condition. According to reports Shawn Helfrich was the driver in the eastbound Corvette on Stockton Road when he looked down at the radio. When Helfrich looked back at the road there was an animal in front of his vehicle. He swerved the vehicle to attempt to avoid the animal and caused the vehicle to flip. There was a 16-year-old passenger and a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle in addition to Helfrich. The 16-year-old did not suffer any injuries, however the 15-year-old was airlifted to a Modesto hospital in critical condition. Helfrich also had minor injuries.Contact Visalia personal injury Attorney John Rozier if you would like this accident investigated further.
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December 11 wrongful death motorcycle accident in Tulare County near Visalia

On December 11 a motorcycle rider died in a wrongful death accident on Avenue 328 at Road 156 near Visalia in Tulare County. According to reports the motorcycle was traveling east on Avenue 328 when it hit a Saturn which was southbound on Road 156. Supposedly both drivers had stopped at the intersection but then both had proceeded into the intersection at the same time. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike, suffered serious injuries, airlifted to a hospital in Fresno, and later died. Four people in the Saturn sustained minor injuries.
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December 12 San Joaquin River accident in Fresno

On December 12 Michael Acord was killed in a wrongful death accident that ended in the San Joaquin River in Fresno. According to reports Acord was thrown from his vehicle while traveling on Dickenson Road at Herndon Avenue in Fresno. Acord’s vehicle was later found in the river. No other victims were found. No further information regarding the cause of the accident is available at this time.
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I-5 crash near Coalinga

December 13, 2010--Four farm workers were killed this morning when their van struck a vehicle rim left in the roadway.  The driver Jesus Flores age 21 was driving a 1992 Chevy Astro Van on Interstate 5 near Highway 41 at 70 mph when the object was struck.Issues to be investigated include reviewing the black box data in the airbag module, tracking down the owner of the rim in the roadway, the availability of insurance, etc.  Please call us to get started.  Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159. (Visalia personal injury lawyer)
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Highway 41 motorcycle accident

December 12, 2010--Sunday morning's fatal accident in Madera County on Highway 41 was caused by a drunk driver who tried to pass a Ford Mustang when the motorcycle was oncoming.  The deceased is identified as Eddie Johnson.  His passenger Wilma Tucker was critically injured.  Bruce Faux of Coarsegold was identified as the suspected drunk driver.The air bag black box module should tell us the speed of the Toyota Sienna at impact.  Please call if you would like our engineers to take a look.  Personal injury Attorney John Rozier in Visalia  559-713-0159./
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December 10 wrongful death accident on Highway 99 in Tipton

On December 10 James Shapleigh was killed in a wrongful death accident on Highway 99 in Tipton involving a big rig. Reportedly Shapleigh was driving north on Highway 99 near Poplar Avenue when his pickup hit the back of the big rig. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Lorenzo Puente Munoz was the driver of the big rig. Munoz and his passenger did not sustain any injuries. It is unclear why Shapleigh's pickup hit the big rig.Our law firm is located in Visalia, just 20 miles from the scene of this accident.  Please give us a call and I will send an engineer to start investigating the speed of each vehicle, etc.  The air bag black box data may also be available.  Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  /
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December 9 I-5 accident kills one

On December 9 Nicholas Biello of Sun Valley was killed in a wrongful death accident on I-5 near Coalinga in Fresno County. Reportedly Biello was a passenger in a van driven by Barbra Crown. The van was on I-5 near Hudson Avenue near Coalinga when it overturned and Biello was thrown from the vehicle even though he was wearing a seat belt. He died at the scene of the accident. Crown was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. No further details regarding the cause of the accident or other injuries are available at this time.Our law firm is located in Visalia and we cover Fresno County, 40 miles to the north where this accident occurred.  Please give us a call.  Visalia personal injury Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  /
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December 2 Highway 152 accident involving high school basketball team

On December 2 there was an accident in Merced County on Highway 152 near Los Banos. The accident involved a high school basketball team from Fresno's Hoover High School. According to reports the team was traveling in a Dodge Caravan driven by Michael McDonald when the van drifted off the right side of the road. The van  hit a power pole, slid, turned over, and hit a guard rail. McDonald was not hurt, however two students in the van suffered injuries. One student suffered a possible broken femur and wrist and another student had head trauma. The other three students in the van simply suffered scrapes and bruises. No further information is available at this time.
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December 5 wrongful death motorcycle accident in Porterville

On December 5 Anthony Silva was fatally injured in a wrongful death motorcycle accident on Gibbons Street in Porterville. According to reports Silva was riding his Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed on Gibbons Avenue near F Street in Porterville. He lost control of the bike and hit a parked truck. Silva died as a result of the accident.Contact Visalia personal injury attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.
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December 7 Fresno County fog-related accident

On the morning of December 7 there was an accident related to the fog that involved a big rig and three other vehicles in Fresno County. According to reports the big rig was westbound on Manning Avenue when it stopped at McMullen Grade. The big rig then continued into the intersection. At the same time a van that was traveling north on McMullen Grade and hit the big rig. Later another northbound car came out of the fog on McMullen and hit the big rig.  Finally a third vehicle which was southbound hit the big rig. Due to fog, visibility in the area was around 200 feet. The vehicles involved in the accident were most likely traveling a speed that was not appropriate for the weather conditions.  One person was hospitalized with moderate injuries as a result of this accident.
This law firm would like to remind all drivers to take the necessary precautions when driving in foggy weather. Always travel at a speed in which you can stop your vehicle within your range of visibility if necessary. This will prevent pileup accidents from occurring. Also, drive with the windows down in order to hear any accidents that may have happened ahead of you on the roadway.
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November 29 accident near Porterville in Tulare County

On November 29 Kevin Fitzgerald was injured in an accident on Road 208 near Porterville in Tulare County. According to reports Fitzgerald was traveling north on Road 208 near Avenue 184 when he drifted off the road and hit an olive tree. Reports said that he was not wearing a seat belt and was taken to Sierra View District hospital in Porterville to be treated for what were described as major injuries.Contact Visalia personal injury Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159
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December 1 wrongful death pedestrian accident in Fresno

On December 1 a man was fatally injured after being hit by a car at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Shaw Avenue in Fresno. According to reports the man was crossing Cedar when a westbound van hit him. The victim was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where he died.
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December 1 accident in Modesto on Scenic Drive


On December 1 there was an accident on Scenic Drive near Eastridge Drive in Modesto. Reportedly a Jeep drifted across the middle line going around 50 mph and subsequently hit a pickup truck that was also traveling about 50 mph. The drivers of both vehicles were pinned in their respective vehicles. Both drivers suffered major injuries, but only the injuries sustained by the driver of the Jeep are considered to be potentially life threatening.
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November 29 I-5 accident update


The accident that happened on November 29 on I-5 near Highway 152 that injured 5 people has received a more detailed report. According to the later report a Toyota Tacoma driven by Tony Gonsalves spun out in the fast lane and came to a stop facing south in the northbound lane on I-5 near Highway 152 and Los Banos. Then Roger Simmons swerved his Ford F-250 to the right in order to avoid hitting Gonsalves’s Tacoma. At the same time a Toyota Sequoia driven by Troy Allen Thompson which was following the F-250,  hit the Tacoma and the F-250 and overturned.  Thompson along with his passenger were air lifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. Two other passengers in the Sequoia had minor injuries. Gonsalves also suffered minor injuries.
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