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Joan Rice and Lon Rice Oakhurst Fatal Crash on Highway 49

Joan Rice and Lon Rice Oakhurst Fatal Crash on Highway 49Joan Rice, 87, and Lon Rice, 74, Victims in Head-on Collision

LOCATION: Oakhurst

DATE OF COLLISION: Monday, July 30th

July 31st, 2018- According to the Fresno Bee, a deadly head-on collision left two Mariposa residents identified as Joan Rice, 87, and Lon Rice, 74, fatally injured on Highway 49.

According to the report, the collision between a Chevy pickup truck and a US Forest Service Vehicle took place at precisely 1:12 p.m.

Sources have indicated that the driver of the US Forest Service Vehicle had been traveling southbound but veered into northbound lanes directly into the path of the Chevy pickup occupied by Joan and Lon Rice.

Following the wreck, Lon Rice was tragically pronounced dead at the scene likely upon impact.

Meanwhile, Joan Rice was severely injured and airlifted to Community Regional Med Center. She sadly succumbed to her injuries later on in the evening, per the Fresno Bee.

Driver and Passenger in US Forest Service Vehicle Hospitalized

Both the driver and passenger of the US Forest Service Vehicle ID’d as Judy Reynolds, 69, and Linda Archebeque, 68, sustained moderate injuries and were each taken to Community Regional as well.

While authorities proceed on with their investigation, neither drugs nor alcohol are expected to have been factors.


We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members both Joan and Lon Rice as they search for peace and comfort following this horrible tragedy.


Mariposa Wrongful Death Attorney

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Based on the information provided in the report, the driver of the U.S. Forest Service vehicle will likely be held liable for the collision as it appears its driver swerved into the pickup truck. A thorough investigation will ensue, however, as photos that were taken of the scene and compiled evidence will help investigators determine the ultimate cause of the collision. Police officials will examine all potential factors including speed, the possible involvement of alcohol or drugs, or whether or not there were any mechanical issues with either vehicle. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicles such as point of impact, final resting positions of each vehicle, skid marks, and gouge marks.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the family members both Joan and Lon Rice will subject to a wrongful death lawsuit pending the findings of the investigation. Victims may seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a traffic accident caused at the hands of another motorist, contact our Mariposa wrongful death lawyers as we are here to provide you with the advice and the guidance that you may need. Contact us today at 855-703-4186.

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