CHP Officer Kirk Griess, and Jaime Manuel Fatally Hit by Car in Fairfield
FAIRFIELD (August 10, 2018) – A California Highway Patrol Officer and a man were killed after a traffic collision on the Interstate 80 Freeway Friday morning, according to KCRA and SF Gate.
The officer has been identified as 46-year-old Kirk Griess, who served in the Marine Corps and a 19-year CHP veteran. The other victim has been named as 49-year-old Jaime Bueza Manuel, of Vallejo.
As per the reports, CHP said Officer Griess was conducting a traffic enforcement stop in the westbound lanes of the 80 Freeway with the Saturn SUV driven by Manuel.
Fatal Accident on 80 Freeway Near Manuel Campos Parkway
The car was pulled on the right shoulder when a Chevrolet pickup truck swerved over and struck the Saturn and both Officer Griess and Manuel. The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. near Manuel Campos Parkway.
CHP affirmed that the two men were immediately transported to a hospital where they later died. Meanwhile, the operator of the pickup truck was also hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation.
We offer our prayers and sincerest thoughts to the family members and friends of CHP Officer Kirk Griess and Mr. Jaime Manuel during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
A forensic examination of the Saturn involved, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine what exactly led to the tragic crash. Authorities will thoroughly look into the speed the driver, whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role, whether or not there was any mechanical issue with the car, and whether or not its operator was distracted or reckless at the time. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicle such as point of impact, their final resting positions, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Pending the results and findings of the investigation for this accident, the surviving families of CHP Officer Kirk Griess and Mr. Jaime Manuel will be granted the right to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
Family members of wrongful death victims are entitled to seek compensation for damages including funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim of an auto accident and you are unsure of what steps to take, we encourage you to call Johnson Attorneys Group to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and bring our expertise to your case. Contact our experienced wrongful death lawyer today at 855-703-4186 for a free consultation.
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