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Denise Courtis and Robert Swarens New Cuyama Car Crash on Highway 166

Denise Courtis and Robert Swarens killed New Cuyama car accident

Denise Courtis, Robert Swarens and Alejandro Santiago Killed New Cuyama Head-On Crash

NEW CUYAMA (December 4, 2017) – Three people died after a head-on crash on Highway 166 Sunday afternoon, December 3, according to KEYT and Santa Maria Times.

The deceased parties have been identified as 54-year-old Denise Courtis, 61-year-old Robert Swarens, and 19-year-0ld Alejandro Santiago.

As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said Courtis and Swarens riding a 2002 Ford Explorer east on Highway 166 were struck head-on by a 2011 Ford Escape.

The Escape driven by Santiago was going west on the highway when for an unknown reason the Santa Maria man swerved to the left and collided with the Explorer. The collision occurred at 4:15 p.m., east of Bell Drive.

All three reportedly suffered major blunt-force trauma and died at the scene. Courtis, of Bakersfield, was the driver of the Ford at the time while Swarens, of Citrus Heights, was a passenger.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.


We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all the deceased during such a difficult time.


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In this case, there are several questions that need to be resolved in order to determine the liability in the crash. Was the driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs a factor? Did excessive speed or distracted driving play a role? Who had the right of way? Did any of the motorists involved show recklessness or negligence at some point?

Once the investigation process is over and it proves that a negligent party has disregarded the safety of others and has led to the death other individuals, the family of the deceased may have the right to pursue a wrongful death seeking recompense for the funeral costs, loss of future income, and loss of love and companionship.

If your loved one has been a victim in an auto accident and you believe another person is at fault, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group and speak with one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers to help you. We will bring our expertise to your case and obtain the justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation.

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