Hector Farias Seriously Injured in Oil Tanker Truck Crash on Highway 166
NEW CUYAMA, Santa Barbara County (May 20, 2018) – A truck driver seriously injured after a fatal traffic collision on Highway 166 Sunday has been identified Hector Farias, according to Noozhawk.
The 64-year-old Shafter man was operating an oil tanker truck on Highway 166 when he collided with a Honda Accord. The wreck was reported at 4 p.m. near Hubbard Avenue in the Cuyama Valley.
As per the article, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said 52-year-old Jimmy Riley was driving the Honda east on Highway 166 when for an unknown reasons he traversed a two-way left-turn land.
Jimmy Riley and Ronamarie Molon Killed in New Cuyama Car Crash
The Solvang man then entered the westbound lane where he collided head-on with the tanker-truck. The passenger in the Accord, 34-year-old Santa Maria resident Ronamarie Molon, was ejected from the sedan during the crash.
Officials affirmed that Farias was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital to be treated for major injuries. Molon and Riley, who were not wearing their seat belts at the time, died at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.
Santa Barbara County Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
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? Why did the driver of the Honda Accord traverse the two-way left-turn land? Was that motorist reckless or negligent at some point?
The surviving family members of the deceased may be granted the right to pursue a wrongful death claim pending the results of the investigation. Meanwhile, the injured and not found responsible for the collision may be granted the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Victims have the right to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses and hospital bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If you, or your loved one, have been a victim of an auto accident and you are unsure of what steps to take, we encourage you to call Johnson Attorneys Group to help you. We will guide you every step of the way and bring our expertise to your case. Contact our experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyer today at 855-703-4186 for a free consultation.
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