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Ella Hampton-Rauch Sonora Fatal DUI Car Accident on Highway 108

Ella Hampton-Rauch Sonora Fatal DUI Car Accident on Highway 108

Ella Hampton-Rauch Killed in Sonora DUI Crash; Alejandro Mercado and 3 Others Injured

SONORA (April 30, 2018) – A woman was killed after an alleged DUI crash along Highway 108 late Thursday night, April 24, according to The Union Democrat.

California Highway Patrol identified the victim as 67-year-old Ella Hampton-Rauch, of Groveland.

As per the article, CHP said 22-year-old Edward Albert Santana was trying to pass a car when he crossed over a double yellow line on Highway 108.

His Dodge Avenger then went into the path of the 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Hampton-Rauch’s. The two cars collided head-on.

Edward Santana, 22, Arrested For DUI

The Dodge Avenger spun counter-clockwise into the westbound lane where it struck a 2016 Toyota Prius. The collision occurred at about 11:50 p.m., east of Old Wards Ferry Road.

CHP affirmed that Hampton-Rauch was rushed to Adventist Health Sonora, where she died.

Meanwhile, Santana was flown to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto while his passenger, 26-year-old Winton resident Alejandro Mercado, was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. Both suffered major injuries upon impact.

Three occupants of the Prius were also hurt in the wreck. Santana, of Merced County, was later arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.


We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Ella Hampton-Rauch during such a difficult time.


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It is evident that Mr. Edward Santana will be held fully responsible for causing the incident that led to the death of a woman and injuries of several other people involved. The motorist is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the collision occurred. DUI is considered a serious crime throughout the state, especially if the incident killed and hurt other individuals.

The surviving family members of Ms. Ella Hampton-Rauch, as well as those injured and found not liable for the crash, will then have the right to pursue a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against the suspect. The claim will include a recompense for the funeral costs, hospital bills, pain and suffering, loss of future income, and loss of love and companionship.

If your loved one has been a victim in an auto accident caused by the negligence and wrongdoing of another person, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group and speak with one of our experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyer to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.

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