CHP Officer Felipe Hernandez Hit and Injured by Vehicle on Highway 101
LOCATION: Santa Barbara County
DATE OF COLLISION: Thursday, February 21st
February 22, 2019 – The California Highway Patrol officer injured after a traffic collision on Highway 101 Thursday morning has been identified as Felipe Hernandez.
According to Noozhawk, Hernandez was stopped within the center median on northbound Highway 101, just north of Highway 1, while responding to a pair of separate crashes.
Hernandez was reportedly waiting to make a u-turn in the center divider to respond to multiple traffic collisions about 2 miles south of the location when a Ford F-250 driving southbound lost control and narrowly missed the front of the officer’s patrol car. However, the Toyota Yaris car directly behind the Ford, driven by 25-year-old Virginia Yan, also spun out of control and crashed into the front of CHP officer’s 2016 Dodge Charger. Both civilian drivers were allegedly driving at unsafe speeds.
Minor Injury Car Accident in Santa Barbara County, February 21
Paramedics arrived at the accident scene shortly after 7:45 a.m. Medical records indicated both the Hernandez and the driver of the Yaris suffered minor injuries as a result of the wreck.
Meanwhile, the occupants in the Ford were reportedly unharmed in the collision.
Because the crash took place near the center divider, the far left lane on each side was shut down for a period of time. Liability in the accident is still being determined.
Santa Barbara County Personal Injury Lawyer
A forensic examination of the Ford F-250 and the Toyota Yaris, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine the cause of the crash. Authorities will thoroughly look into how fast each driver was going, whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role, whether or not there were any mechanical issues with the cars, and whether or not one of the drivers involved was distracted or or did not yield to the right-of-way motorist. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicles as point of impact, their final resting position, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Pending the result and findings of the investigation, the injured and held not liable for the collision may have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact our experienced Santa Barbara County personal injury lawyer at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.