Genaro Dolores and Rosa Barrios Injured Santa Ynez Valley Crash on Highway 154
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (September 10, 2018) – Four were injured, one seriously, after a traffic collision along Highway 154 in Santa Ynez Valley late Sunday night, according to Noozhawk.
The accident involving two vehicles was reported at about 10:20 p.m. near the vista point just north of the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge.
As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 21-year-old Tasneem Copeland was driving a Lexus sedan west on Highway 154 when for an unknown reason the San Marcos resident swerved to the right. The Lexus then hit a metal guardrail and became disabled in the roadway.
A Dodge pickup driven by 42-year-old Genaro Dolores east on the highway reportedly failed to avoid the Lexus and collided with the disabled car.
Joshua Clayton and Tasneem Copeland Hurt in Highway 154 Car Crash
Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials along with the paramedics responded to the scene and found the passenger trapped inside the Lexus. The patient, 22-year-old San Marcos resident Joshua Clayton, was extricated from the wreckage with major injuries.
Copeland, Dolores and a passenger in the Dodge, 48-year-old Rosa Valdez Barrios, sustained minor wounds upon impact. Dolores is from North Hollywood while Barrios is from Panorama City.
All four parties were transported by ground ambulances to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment. Their condition at this time remained unknown.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident.
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A forensic examination of the Lexus sedan and the Dodge pickup, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine which party ultimately caused the incident. Authorities will thoroughly look into the speed of each driver, 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 simply did not yield to the right of way motorist. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by both vehicles, such as point of impact, their final resting positions, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Pending the results and findings of the investigation for this crash, the injured and not held responsible for causing the collision will possess the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. The claim will include the compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If you, or your loved one, have been hurt in an auto accident and you believe another person is at fault, contact our experienced Santa Barbara County personal injury lawyer to help you. We will fight for your rights and bring our expertise to your case. Give us a call for a free consultation at 855-703-4186.
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