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Aptos Fatal ATV Crash Off Redwood Heights Road; DUI Driver Nicholas Zier Arrested

Woman Killed, 2 Injured in ATV Accident Off Redwood Heights Road

Aptos Fatal ATV Crash Off Redwood Heights Road; DUI Driver Nicholas Zier Arrested

LOCATION: Aptos, Santa Cruz County

DATE OF ACCIDENT: Saturday, September 29th

September 30, 2018 – One person was killed, and two others were injured in an ATV accident off Redwood Heights Road, according to a local news source.

The crash happened on Saturday around 11:45 p.m.

As per the article, Nicholas Zier was driving the ATV with two passengers on a private road, just off Redwood Heights Road. Possibly due to intoxication, Zier lost control of the ATV, causing it to overturn. Authorities determined Zier and the passengers were not wearing seatbelts, and were all ejected during the crash.

Primary reports indicated Zier and a male passenger performed CPR to the famale passenger, who was unresponsive following the accident. Shortly after, friends arrived at the crash site and transported all three to the house on the property.

Deadly DUI Crash Saturday in Aptos

When CHP, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies, AMR, and Aptos Fire arrived at the house, they immediately attended to the woman. Paramedics sadly pronounced the woman deceased at the scene. The name of the fatality remained undisclosed pending next of kin notification.

DUI Driver Nicholas Zier Arrested After Fatal ATV Accident

Meanwhile, police reportedly arrested Zier after being treated for minor injuries. The ATV operator was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on felony DUI charges.

Further investigation on the case is underway.


We offer our warmest of thoughts, and our prayers to all the parties involved and their families in this difficult time.


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Based on this news report, it is apparent that Mr. Nicholas Zier will be responsible for the ATV accident that resulted in fatal trauma to one person, and a bodily injuries to another. Pending results of investigation, the family members of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault. Surviving family of victims killed in DUI crash may seek recompense for funeral costs, and loss of love and companionship. Furthermore, the injured party in this specific accident may have the right to a personal injury claim, seeking compensation for medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

If you, or your loved one, have been involved in an accident and looking for legal counsel, contact our law firm today at 855-703-4186.

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