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Heidi Vanzeyl, Karrie Peterson Madera County Fatal Crash Highway 145 and Highway 41

 Madera County Fatal Crash Highway 145 and Highway 41

2 Dead in Madera County Car Accident on Highway 145

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2018) Heidi Vanzeyl, 53, of Coarsegold and Karrie Lynn Peterson, 51, of Oakhurst, have been identified as the two people who died in a collision on Highway 145.

Three others were injured in the crash on Friday morning at Highway 41, near Road 38, according to California Highway Patrol.

The traffic accident took place about 10:40 a.m. near Road 208.

A driver in a gray Ford Fusion was reportedly speeding as they attempted to pass another vehicle in an unsafe manner, but instead crashed head-on into an oncoming Hyundai driven by Karrie Lynn Peterson.

Peterson was killed in the collision as was Heidi Vanzeyl who was a front-seat passenger in the Ford Fusion.  The driver of the Ford and two rear-seat passengers were all hospitalized. The passengers were taken to  Community Regional Medical Center and the driver to CRMC.

Police closed down Highway 145 to investigate the crash.

Fatal Crash Investigation

The investigation into this tragic crash is underway. At this time, it appears that the driver of the Ford is at fault for the crash and could face criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died. 

There are many steps that should be taken following a collision to ensure your legal rights are protected, but this can vary depending on the circumstances.  If someone has died, a wrongful death claim may be pursued by surviving family members against those responsible and or their insurance companies. An injured person should seek out immediate and ongoing medical care until they are completely better.

Keep in mind that there are times when a government entity or an employer of an involved motorist that may share responsibility for an accident. All responsible parties can be identified during the investigation.

We hope you are able to get the help you need, but if you would like legal assistance, please call us at 855-703-4186 to request a free consultation.

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