Regina Dorado and 2 Grandchildren Killed in Merced County Crash on 5 Freeway
MERCED COUNTY (July 17, 2018) – A grandmother and her two grandchildren were killed after a traffic collision along the Interstate 5 Freeway early Tuesday, according to Merced Sun-Star.
The Merced County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 57-year-old Regina Dorado, of Covina.
As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 56-year-old Ontario resident Braulio Martinez was traveling north on the 5 Freeway near Taglio Road when for an unknown reason he failed to stop for slow traffic that was due to an unrelated accident.
Car Crash on 5 Freeway Near Taglio Road
The 2011 Freightliner Martinez was driving then rear-ended a 2012 Dodge Caravan. The car was pushed into the center median.
CHP affirmed that Dorado, who was apparently driving the Caravan at the time, died upon impact. Her two grandchildren, girls ages 6 and 10, were also pronounced dead at the scene.
Her other grandchild, a 6-year-old girl, was flown to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with major injuries. The fifth occupant of the Dodge, 19-year-old Raylene Valencia, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Modesto with minor wounds.
The incident remains under investigation.
We extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and friends during such a difficult time.
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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 Regina Dorado, the 6-year-old, and the 10-year-old will be granted the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. Meanwhile, the Raylene Valencia and others injured will 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 Los Angeles and Merced County wrongful death and personal injury lawyer today at 855-703-4186 for a free consultation.
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