Man, 67, Killed; Texas Woman, 38, Injured
CHIRIACO SUMMIT (June 15, 2017)- According to KESQ News, a deadly crash involving two big rigs were reported Thursday morning on westbound Interstate 10 resulting in the death of a man and injuries to a woman.
Authorities received notification of the crash at around 7:20 a.m.
Preliminary investigations disclose that the driver of a Freightliner identified as Fred Cormia, 67, of Los Angeles, struck the rear of an International Big Rig that had been parked along the right shoulder operated by a 38-year-old woman of Lubbock, Texas.
After hitting the rear of the International Big Rig, the Freightliner veered off the freeway and into the open plane as Fred Cormia was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Cormia’s passenger who had been asleep in the back sustained moderate injuries. He was transported by ambulances to Desert Regional Med Center.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Texas woman was moderately injured with undisclosed injuries. She was transported to Desert Regional as well. She had also been accompanied by a passenger who was uninjured.
An estimated total of 120-150 gallons of fuel was lost and spilled throughout the road as a result of the wreck which led to the closure of party of the westbound freeway for several hours while Riverside County Environmental Health helped clear the road.
California Highway Patrol will handle the investigation.
Based on this news report, is appears that there are definitely still several unanswered questions here. Was either driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Did excessive speed or distracted driving play a role? Was the driver negligent in any other way? Did weather or fog play any role? How is the overall quality of the road and its design? How is the road’s current lighting? We trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, injured accident victims and families of deceased may file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an auto accident, call our experienced California personal injury and wrongful death lawyers today for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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