3 Killed, 2 Injured in Merced County Crash on 5 Freeway
MERCED COUNTY (July 17, 2018) – Three were killed and two were injured after a traffic collision along the Interstate 5 Freeway near Los Banos early Tuesday, according to Merced Sun Star.
The accident took place involving a semi-truck near Taglio Road.
As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 56-year-old Braulio Martinez was driving a 2011 Freightliner north on the 5 Freeway when for an unknown reason he failed to stop as traffic slowed near an unrelated incident.
The Ontario man then struck the rear of a 2012 Dodge Caravan carrying five people. The car was forced into the center median as a result of the crash.
Raylene Valencia, 19, Hurt in 5 Freeway Car Crash
CHP affirmed that the 57-year-old woman driving the Caravan and two girls, ages 6 and 10, died at the scene. A 6-year-old girl in the van was airlifted to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with major injuries.
The fifth occupant of the Dodge, 19-year-old Raylene Valencia, was transported to Memorial Hospital in Modesto to be treated for minor wounds. The names of the deceased and injured victims have not been yet released, but officials claimed they are from Covina.
Meanwhile, it was not specified in the report whether or not Martinez was hurt following the wreck. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
We extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and friends during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
A forensic examination of the Dodge Caravan and the Freightliner truck, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine which party ultimately caused the accident. 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 car and the big rig, and whether or not one of the drivers 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 the vehicle and tractor-trailer such as point of impact, their final resting positions, skid marks, and gouge marks.
Pending the results and findings of the investigation for this accident, the surviving family of the deceased may be granted the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. 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 are entitled 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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