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Pablo Barba and Catalina Barba Madera Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 99

Pablo Barba and Catalina Barba Madera Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 99

Pablo Barba and Catalina Barba Killed, Valentin Barba and 2 Boys Injured

MADERA (July 29, 2018) – Three were killed and three were seriously injured after an alleged wrong-way crash on Highway 99 early Sunday morning, according to The Modesto Bee.

The accident involving two vehicles occurred just before 3 a.m. near Avenue 11.

As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 24-year-old Samantha Pena was allegedly driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla north in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 when the Fresno woman struck head-on a 2006 Ford Explorer in the No. 2 lane.

The Ford ultimately rolled over while the Toyota ended up blocking the No. 1 lane.

Suspected Wrong-Way Driver, Samantha Pena, Dead

The driver of the Explorer, 67-year-old Pablo Barba, and the rear middle passenger, 69-year-old Catalina Barba, died at the scene. Both were from Orange Cove.

Three other occupants of the overturned vehicle suffered major injuries upon impact. The victim, two boys ages 12 and 13, and 26-year-old Valentin Barba, were all rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, CHP affirmed that the wrong-way motorist was also pronounced deceased at the crash site. The incident remains under investigation.


We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased victims during such a difficult time. We also wish the injured parties a swift and full recovery.


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Based on the reports, the female driver of the Toyota Corolla drove the wrong way and prompted the collision that led to the death and injuries of the other innocent parties involved. Authorities will continue to investigate and determine whether or not alcohol or drugs played a role, whether or not the motorist was speeding prior to impact, whether or not there was a mechanical issue with the Corolla, and whether or not she was distracted or reckless at time of the tragic crash.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the surviving family of Mr. Pablo Barba and Ms. Catalina Barba will possess the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit pending the results of the investigation. The injured children and Valentin Barba will also be granted the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Victims will be entitled to a recompense for the funeral costs, hospital bills, lost income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.

If you, or your loved one, have been a victim in an auto collision caused by a negligent person, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group today and speak with one of our experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyers to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Give us a call at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.

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