Arrest Made in Oroville Fatal Crash

Man on Parole Faces Multiple Charges in Woman’s Death

An arrest has been made in a fatal crash in Oroville that occurred on February 17. The accident happened along Oroville Dam Boulevard at 10th Street around 1:00 p.m., according to a spokesperson for the Oroville Police Department. It occurred when a male driver, age 57, was speeding along westbound Oroville Dam Boulevard and struck a car driven by Maria Barajas Demedina, age 52. 

Multiple Charges Face Driver Who Caused Fatal Crash

Barajas Demedina had just pulled onto eastbound Oroville Dam Boulevard from 10th Street and was killed in the collision. Police reported that the man whose vehicle struck and killed the woman was placed under arrest. He faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of a drug that caused an injury or death, and a parole hold. A hold is issued when a parolee is suspected of parole violation. The accident is under investigation by the police. 

Suddenly Losing a Loved One in a Fatal Crash

Families are often consumed by grief after a loved one passes away. When you lose a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, it is far more tragic. In such cases, grieving families can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Even though this won’t be able to ease their pain, it could alleviate their financial burden and provide the assurance that those responsible will be held accountable.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

Our attorneys have successfully recovered compensation for grieving families for many years at To review the details of your case, answer your questions and inform you about your options to recover damages through a wrongful death claim, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation, either in person or virtually. Our family of lawyers and staff members treats yours as though they were our own because we understand the challenges you face. 

Why People File for Wrongful Death

At this point, your family members are still in shock, deep in grief, and wondering how their loved one could be lost in a fatal crash. During times like these, especially since the accident was caused by a negligent driver, the last thing they think about is filing a wrongful death claim. However, it can be helpful. By filing a claim, the family cannot only be lifted from the burden of financial stress they face, it is a way to obtain some sense of justice and closure for their loss.

Damages Available in Wrongful Death Claims

A family who sues for wrongful death is likely to recover the following damages:

  • The wages the decedent would have earned up until retirement age can be recovered. This also includes any bonuses, tips, insurance and pension benefits or other areas in which the decedent was normally compensated.
  • Costs associated with the funeral and burial can be claimed.
  • The decedent may have been responsible for household tasks such as tax preparation and lawn care. In these cases, the family may be entitled to reimbursement for the cost of hiring help.
  • Loss of inheritance is recoverable, which is what the decedent would have left to beneficiaries of the estate.
  • Loss of consortium may be claimed, as well as the loss of love and affection an individual would have received from their spouse had they lived.
  • Since the decedent is no longer available to provide comfort, guidance and nurturing to their children, compensation may be awarded.
  • When criminal negligence is the cause of death, the family may ask that punitive damages be awarded. This is in addition to the amount awarded in a wrongful death claim.

Oroville Wrongful Death Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, an Oroville wrongful death lawyer. When negligence takes the life of a loved one, the family may wish to find out if they can file a wrongful death claim. Please contact us for our compassionate, free and friendly advice at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach out to us online

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