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Mother and Daughter Killed in Hit and Run Accident on Chestnut Avenue, in Fresno

Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield Collision Attorney John L. Rozier has the following accident report; On Saturday, November 22, 2014, a fatal hit and run crash took place in southeast Fresno.  The DUI collision occurred at about 11:20 PM, at the Jensen and Chestnut intersection.

Rafael Arce Pedroza, who officers say was driving while intoxicated, was traveling in a Suzuki SUV on Chestnut Avenue.  He was speeding toward the intersection of Chestnut and Jensen avenues, when he hit a Nissan Pathfinder from behind, that was stopped at a red light.

The Nissan was driven by Jacqueline Rivera and also included her husband; Jose Chavez, son; Jose Chavez, daughter; Aaliyah Chavez, and her son's girlfriend; Savanni Ung.

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The collision with the Sport Utility Vehicle caused the Pathfinder to overturn multiple times and hit a light pole in the intersection.  The car then caught fire, after the gas tank ruptured.

Pedroza was said to have fled the scene of the accident on foot.  He was later found and arrested in his apartment.

Jose Chavez, his son, and Savanni Ung were all able to get free of the burning vehicle.  While Jacqueline Rivera and her daughter Aaliyah who were unconscious from the collision were not rescued in time.

Pedroza and the three victims in the Pathfinder all suffered minor to moderate injuries.  They were taken to Community Regional Medical Center, for treatment.

Mr. Rozier is located in Visalia and would like to speak to the family of the accident victims.  Please give him a call at 559-713-0159  or reach him at

DUI Car Collision Kills Two People in Fresno, on Chestnut Avenue

November 22, 2014- A fiery automobile collision ended in fatality for a mother and daughter, in southeast Fresno.  The car accident happened on Saturday, at about 11:20 PM, at Chestnut and Jensen avenues.Jacqueline Rivera was driving a Nissan Pathfinder, with her family, when she stopped at a red light, in the right lane of Chestnut Avenue, at East Jensen Avenue.A Suzuki SUV, driven by Rafael Arce Pedroza, was traveling at a high rate of speed on Chestnut, and struck the Nissan from behind.  Pedroza then fled from the scene of the crash on foot.
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The impact of the collision caused the gas tank to rupture in the Pathfinder, and the vehicle burst into flames.  The vehicle was knocked into a light pole in the northeast corner of the intersection, after it flipped three times.Rivera's husband, Jose Chavez, their son, also named Jose, and a 16 year old girlfriend; Savanni Ung, all escaped the burning vehicle.Jacqueline Rivera and her daughter, 11 year old Aaliyah Chavez, were knocked unconscious in the accident.  They were not able to save them from the vehicle in time and did not survive.Investigators do not know at this time whether Rivera and Aaliyah died before the car caught fire, but they did not appear to be pinned in the vehicle.Chavez, his son, and Ung, all sustained minor to moderate injuries and were taken to the hospital.Pedroza was later found in his apartment hiding under his bed.  He suffered injuries in the collision as well and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment.  He was arrested on two charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, hit and run, and other charges.
While our condolences go out to the friends and family of the victims, 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 dependents 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.

Nine Car Pile Up on Highway 58 in Bakersfield Car Collision

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, a 9-car pileup on westbound Highway 58 slowed traffic, in Kern County.  The multiple vehicle collision happened in Bakersfield, at about 8 AM.The automobile accident took place just east of Union Avenue, on the westbound freeway.  The California Highway Patrol reported that at least one vehicle was on fire.
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The fast lane and the median were blocked.  The traffic was slowed to 22 miles per hour while crews cleared the wreckage.No other information is known at this time.
The law offices of Nelson and Rozier are located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Visalia. Our attorneys specialize in automobile collisions and personal injuries. If you would like experienced and reliable representation for your accident please contact us at or call Attorney JohnRozier at 559-713-0159.

Multiple Semi Truck Collision in Merced County near Turlock

August 18, 2014- A multi-vehicle crash injures one man, after his SUV collides with two big rigs, in Merced County.  The semi truck accident occurred east of Turlock, on Monday, at approximately 10:29 AM.The driver of a Sport Utility Vehicle was headed west on East Avenue, when his SUV drifted into the oncoming lane.  The vehicle clipped one tractor-trailer, and then spun out.  The SUV then smashed into another big rig, driven by Jeff Geigle, near the Pepper Street intersection.
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The SUV soon caught fire after the collision.  The driver was able to get out of the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames.The young man sustained injuries to his nose, head, and hand.  He was taken to a Modesto hospital for treatment.The CHP reported that early investigations indicate that the SUV's driver fell asleep at the wheel.Please contact me, Attorney John L. Rozier, so I can help you with your injury claims.  I am a personal injury, vehicle collision, and nursing home lawyer.  My contact number is 559-713-0159. Or feel free to contact us online at My office is located in Visalia, California.

Car Catches Fire After Crash in Los Banos on I Street

July 27, 2014- A Merced County car accident took place in Los Banos, on Sunday.  The vehicle collision happened at about 9:59 AM.Ari Balverde-Contreras, the driver of a Chrysler 300, was southbound on West I Street, near the Cardoza Road intersection.  He lost control of his car and it left the roadway, and hit a wooden fence.
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The Chrysler continued to travel into the backyard of a home on the 800 block of West I St.  The car came to a stop after it hit a tree, and then it caught on fire.The driver was able to escape the vehicle.  He was taken to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos to be treated for his injuries.  Alverde-Contreras was later arrested for suspicion of DUI, and driving without a license.
Please give me a call if you need legal representation or a consultation. Attorney John Rozier.  I specialize in personal injury cases that have resulted from vehicle accidents. or call us at 559-713-0159.My firm is located in Visalia, south of Los Banos.

Head-on Vehicle Collision in Bakersfield Near Alfred Harrell Highway

May 25, 2014- A head-on car collision happened in Bakersfield, California.  The Kern County accident, took place on Sunday, at approximately 3:37 PM.The crash occurred along Alfred Harrell Highway, between two Toyota cars.  The collision caused a fire to break out from one of the vehicle's leaking fuel tank.  This happened near the Kern County Soccer Park.
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One of the occupants of the Toyota was trapped inside the car, and suffered serious injuries.Two other victims in the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries.  All the victims were taken to a local hospital to be treated.The CHP reported that alcohol might have been a factor in the accident.
Attorney John Rozier is your personal injury lawyer.  I am here to help you with all the legal needs that may arise from this collision. Please give me a call 559-713-0159, or online at I am located in Visalia, north of Bakersfield, off Highway 99.

Vehicle Collision Kills Two People in Merced on Rambler Road

May 14, 2014- A car collided into a home and burst into flames, in Merced, on Wednesday.  The automobile collision happened at about 11 AM.A 2012 Nissan Altima was driving north on Alexander Avenue, when it somehow left the roadway, hit several garbage cans, then went through the intersection with Rambler Road, and smashed into the side of a home.  The car sheared off a gas meter and hit the house's electrical panel, which emergency officials reported, started the fire.
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There were two people in the Nissan, and both died in the crash.  There was no one in the house at the time of the accident.Officers believe that the driver of the Altima experienced some sort of medical episode before the collision.
If you would like this accident investigated further, please give me a call. Attorney John Rozier, your personal injury and wrongful death lawyer. I specialize in all types of vehicle collisions.  My office is located in Visalia, California, in Tulare County.  Let me help you. 559-713-0159 or online at

multiple Vehicle Collision on Highway 99 After One Car Catches Fire; Bakersfield

May 11, 2014- A car caught fire on Highway 99, in Kern County, causing a four vehicle collision.  The accident happened in Bakersfield, on Sunday, at about 1:47 PM.The vehicle, which was northbound on Highway 99, burst into flames at Olive Drive.  The fire caused four other automobiles to collide.There are no reports on whether anyone was hurt in the crash.  Further information will be reported as it is received.
Please give me a call if you need legal representation or a consultation. Attorney John Rozier or call us at 559-713-0159.My firm is located in Visalia, on Caldwell Ave, off State Route 99.

Car Crash on Highway 180 in Fresno; Vehicle Catches Fire

March 14, 2014- On Friday a vehicle was struck by a hit and run driver in Fresno, California, and caught on fire.  The accident happened at about 2:50 PM.A Mitsubishi Lancer was driving on the Highway 180 connector ramp to Highway 41, when it was hit in the back by another car that just drove off after striking it.The Lancer flipped onto its side and caught on fire.  The three people in the Mitsubishi were able to get out of the car, before anyone was hurt.  But a pregnant woman, in her 20's was taken to the hospital for observation.
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                                                  picture courtesy of Fresno BeeOfficers have yet to catch the driver that drove off after hitting the Lancer.  There appear to be no witnesses to the collision.
Please give me a call if you need legal representation or a consultation. Attorney John Rozier, or call me at 559-713-0159.My firm is located in Visalia, on Caldwell Ave.

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