Shanilka Mapatuna Killed, Alazar Omari Seriously Injured in Wrong-Way Crash
RIVERSIDE (July 16, 2018) – A man killed after an alleged wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway Sunday has been identified as Shanilka Mapatuna, according to Riverside County News Source and My News LA.
Riverside County Coroner’s Office said the 23-year-old Moreno Valley resident was a victim of the deadly wreck which occurred at about 3:30 a.m. near Market Street.
As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said a 19-year-old Ontario woman was seen allegedly speeding west in the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway at Frederick Street in Moreno Valley.
The woman in the 2002 Ford Mustang continued traveling about seven miles into Riverside at a high rate of speed in the fast lane. A few moments later, she collided head-on with a black Dodge Caravan.
19-Year-Old Woman Triggers Wrong-Way Fatal Crash
CHP affirmed that the Dodge was forced into the center median and and ultimately struck the center divider wall. Mapatuna, who was riding in the right front passenger seat of that car, died at the scene.
The 23-year-old Fontana man driving the Caravan, Alazar Omari, and the wrong-way driver were both transported to Riverside Community Hospital with major injuries.
Meanwhile, the name of the suspect was not disclosed. The incident remains under investigation.
We offer our prayers and sincerest thoughts to the victims and their families and friends during such a difficult time.
Moreno Valley Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
Based on the reports, a female motorist is accused of driving the wrong way, speeding and ultimately causing a traffic 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 were also involved, whether or not there was a mechanical issue with the Ford Mustang, and whether or not she was distracted or reckless at time of the crash.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the surviving family of Mr. Shanilka Mapatuna will possess the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit pending the results of the investigation. Mr. Alazar Omari 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 Moreno Valley and Riverside 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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