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Tyler Nielson, Justin Gardner, Dawson Fay Merced County 5 Freeway Crash

Tyler Nielson, 17, and Justin Gardner, 16, Victims of Fatal Crash

Tyler Nielson, Justin Gardner, Dawson Fay Merced County 5 Freeway Crash LOCATION: Merced County near Los Banos

DATE OF INCIDENT: Sunday, March 25th

March 26, 2018- According to the Los Banos News, a horrific tragic crash caused by a drunk driver left two young teens dead and a third teen badly injured Sunday on the Interstate 5 freeway.

At roughly 11:50 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials were notified of a malicious head-on collision between a 2015 Honda and a Nissan north of Highway 165.

According to police, the driver of the Honda ID’d as Sabrina Distura, 21, of San Jose, had been traveling northbound on I-5 before veering across the double yellow and center divider directly into the path of the Nissan.

Dawson Fay Badly Injured

Inside the Nissan was Tyler Nielson, 17, Justin Gardner, 16, and Dawson Fay, 16, all from Nevada City.

The collision tragically left the driver Tyler Nielson with fatal injuries as he was pronounced at the scene.

Justin Gardner sustained grave injuries and was flown to Doctor Hospital located in Modesto. Gardner suffered major head trauma and tragically died of his injuries.

The third passenger, Dawson Fay survived the crash but not unscathed. Fay had a head injury and a broken hip. He was taken to Memorial North Hospital.

Sabrina Distura Arrested for DUI

According to the Fresno Bee, Sabrina Distura was determined to have been under the influence at the time of the crash. She was first taken to Los Banos Memorial Hospital and will eventually be taken to jail upon her release.


We offer our warmest of thoughts, our prayers, and condolences to the family members of all three victims involved in this awful tragedy as they search for peace and comfort.


Nevada County Wrongful Death Attorney

Based on this news report, there is viable evidence that the driver of the Honda, Sabrina Distura, will be held solely responsible for the deaths and injuries suffered by the three young Nevada City teens. While police have confirmed that the suspect was under the influence. there are still several unanswered questions here which include whether or not excessive speed or distracted driving played a role? We trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the family members of Justin Gardner and Tyler Nielson will be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit while Dawson Fay will possess the right to a personal injury lawsuit respectively against the intoxicated driver. Victims involved in these accidents may seek compensation for damages including funeral costs, medical expenses and hospital bills, lost future income, and pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver, contact our Nevada City wrongful death and personal injury lawyers today at 800-235-6801.

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