Six Dead After Woodland Collision

Six Dead After Woodland Collision

Six Dead After Woodland Collision

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland wrongful death lawyer. On Saturday, January 7, 2018, 6 individuals received fatal injuries as the result of a two-vehicle collision.

I would like to sincerely express my sympathies to the friends and family of the fatally injured individuals.

Collision Details

California Highway Patrol (CHP) authorities said in an incident report that the accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Officers said that they initially received reports indicating that a vehicle had been driving on the wrong side of the road and were actively searching for the errant vehicle when the collision occurred.

Investigators from CHP said that the wrong-way vehicle, a Chevrolet, collided with an oncoming Dodge on the northbound side of Highway Interstate 5 a short distance north of County Road 17.

A Fatal Crash

Responders at the site of the collision reported that they found the vehicles on fire upon arrival. The woman who had been driving the Chevy, as well as the three women and two men who had been inside the Dodge, all lost their lives at the scene of the crash.

Authorities identified the occupants of the Dodge as Jessica Garcia, Christian Paiz, married couple Raquel Lopez-Valencia and Cristian Lopez-Cambron, and Cambron’s sibling Yaneth Lopez, who graduated from high school this year. An individual who was close to the passengers of the Dodge told reporters that the five friends had been on their way home from eating a the Woodland Denny’s when the fatal auto accident occurred.

The driver of the Chevrolet who had been driving in the wrong lane has not yet been identified by investigating authorities.


Authorities are now conducting an investigation of the crash in hopes of fully understanding what factors caused it to happen. Investigators have said that it remains unclear whether or not driving under the influence of intoxicants was a factor. Witnesses indicated that the area had been affected by heavy fogs at the time of the accident.

Any persons who think they may have information about the crash that could assist officers with their investigation are asked to call the CHP Woodland office using the number (530) 662-4685.

Additionally, a fundraiser has been started to assist the families of those killed in the crash.

Wrongful Death

Knowing what to do in a time of tragedy can be difficult. Many suffering the loss of a loved one feel lost and calling a lawyer can seem like an afterthought. However, contacting an experienced attorney as soon as you are able can be vital to making sure that you receive fair financial compensation for your loss.

To learn more about how an attorney can help you, you can visit my website.

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Woodland Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland wrongful death lawyer. Individuals who’ve lost friends or family because of the negligence of others are often entitled to compensation. If this describes you, contact (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice about how to proceed. You can also use or (800) 404-5400 to reach me.

I’ve proudly helped individuals in Woodland with claiming the recompense they are owed in wrongful death and personal injury cases for 35 years.

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