Jeremy Santos and Mike Rivera Injured in Golden State Boulevard DUI Crash
MERCED COUNTY (November 20, 2017) – A fatal traffic collision occurred on Golden State Boulevard Sunday afternoon, according to Merced Sun-Star.
Initial investigation revealed 45-year-old Thomas Gonzalez, of Merced, was killed in the 4:30 p.m. accident which took place on the overpass just above Highway 99.
Reports indicated that two other men were found injured following the crash. The victims were identified as 40-year-old Jeremy Santos, of Atwater, and 43-year-old Mike Rivera, of Merced. Both men were reportedly flown to a Modesto hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Kevin Mitchell Hernandez Arrested in Merced County Fatal Crash
Investigators learned that the driver, 41-year-old Kevin Mitchell Hernandez, was intoxicated when he lost control of a Nissan Titan. The Nissan slammed into a guardrail on Golden State Boulevard and rolled over before going off the bridge.
The vehicle came to a stop after it landed on its roof on Highway 99.
Shortly after the incident, Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.
We offer our condolences to the family members of Mr. Thomas Gonzalez, while our prayers remain with the injured parties in this accident.
Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Lawyer
The California Vehicle Code Section 23153 states that it is unlawful for a person, while under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law. It is a violation for an intoxicated motorist to neglect any duty imposed by law in driving a vehicle which proximately causes bodily and fatal injuries to other individuals.
In this specific case, it is evident that Mr. Kevin Hernandez will be held fully responsible for causing the incident that led to the death of Mr. Thomas Gonzalez, and injuries to other parties. The family members of the deceased, and the injured victims may have the right to file a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
For legal assistance with your DUI car accident case, contact Johnson Attorneys Group with law offices located in Northern California and all throughout the state. Give us a call today at 800-235-6801 and speak with our experienced Merced County lawyers for a free case evaluation.
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