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Fatal Car Crash on St. John’s River Bridge in Visalia

April 14, 2015- A rear-end automobile accident took place in Visalia, on Tuesday.  The fatal car crash happened at the St. John’s River bridge, on McAuliff Street, at around 3:30 AM.

Jose De Jesus Sanchez, 65, was driving a black 1999 Hyundai Accent, at a slower rate of speed, traveling south on McAuliff St., across the bridge.  At the same time a Honda Accord, driven by 22 year old Michael Coffman, was driving southbound on the bridge at a faster speed.

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The Honda crashed into the back of the Hyundai, and pushed both vehicles south across the bridge.  The autos came to rest in front of Golden West High School.

Sanchez suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.

Coffman and a passenger in the Honda sustained minor injuries.  Both did not want medical treatment.

Please give us a call, if you are a relative or are in touch with the family, and would like us to investigate this accident further. We are located right in Visalia, on Caldwell Ave. Attorney John Rozier 559-713-0159 or online at