Amparo Martinez, 74, Victim in Fatal Car Crash
DATE OF COLLISION: Tuesday, September 18th
September 19, 2018- According to the Visalia Times-Delta, a deadly collision involving a tow truck took place yesterday before noon at the intersection of Highway 65 and Linda Vista Avenue.
At around 11:00 a.m., Porterville authorities responded to a crash between a tow truck and a 1990 Honda Accord.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the driver of the Honda, Jose Martinez, 75, had been headed northbound on Highway 65 accompanied by passenger Amparo Martinez, 74.
At the same time, a 2016 tow truck driven by Melchar Naranjo attempted to turn from southbound Highway 65 onto Linda Vista Avenue before turning into the path of the Honda triggering a very serious wreck.
Amparo Martinez suffered major injuries and was rushed to a trauma center. It was there where she tragically died and succumbed to her injuries.
Jose Martinez Hospitalized
Meanwhile, Jose Martinez, 75, sustained major injuries. He was transported to a hospital, where he remained as of Wednesday morning.
According to the Times-Delta, Naranjo was uninjured and was fully cooperative with authorities following the collision.
Porterville’s Major Accident Investigation Team will be the agency handling the investigation.
*We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members of both Amparo Martinez and Jose Martinez as they search for peace and comfort.
Porterville Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
A forensic examination of both the Honda and the tow truck, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine which party ultimately caused the accident. Authorities will thoroughly look into how fast each driver was going, which driver had the right-of-way, whether or not alcohol or drugs were involved, and whether or not there were any mechanical issues with either vehicle. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by each vehicle such as point of impact, final resting positions of each vehicle, skid marks, and gouge marks.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the family of Amparo Martinez, as well as Jose Martinez, will have the right to pursue a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit respectively against tow truck driver if found liable. Wrongful death and injured accident victims may seek recompense for damages including funeral costs, loss of companionship, medical expenses, hospital bills, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an accident and looking for legal counsel, contact our law firm today at 855-703-4186.
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