Del Rio Head-On Collision Causes Multiple Fatalities

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April 10, 2024
Edward Smith

Multiple Fatalities Reported in Del Rio Head-On Collision on McHenry Avenue

A Del Rio head-on collision was reported on April 9 that resulted in multiple fatalities. The accident happened near Modesto near the McHenry Avenue intersection with Hogue Road around 4:00 p.m. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that four vehicles were involved in the crash. 

Driver Reportedly Erratic, Causing Del Rio Head-on Collision

Police reported that a Mitsubishi driver was going north along McHenry Avenue when it went from the first into the second lane and back again. Police say the vehicle eventually crossed into the opposing lane and collided head-on with a Toyota SUV. An older Ford pickup going south hit both cars. In addition, a Dodge Ram van hit the Mitsubishi.

Three Adults and a Small Child Die in Accident

The female driver of a Mitsubishi, identified as age 19 and from Merced, along with her male passenger, 22, both died at the accident scene. A Toyota SUV driver, a Linden woman, Patricia Lopez, age 60, was transported to a hospital with severe trauma and died there. In addition, a small child riding in the Toyota also died after being transported to a hospital.

Ongoing Investigation Into Del Rio Head-On Collision

Authorities have not yet determined whether alcohol or drugs factored into the cause of the fatal crash. The CHP traffic collision unit is investigating the cause and exactly how the accident happened. The County Coroner’s Office will release the names of the deceased once families have been notified. 

Finding Legal Representation Following a Wrongful Death

At, our accident lawyers understand what you and your family are going through after the sudden death of a loved one. When families are deep in grief, filing a wrongful death claim because a negligent driver caused that death is far from their minds. However, they soon realize that there are financial consequences to the loss of a loved one, especially if that person contributed to the family’s income. We understand the trials that you face and shoulder the burden of recovering compensation for you so you can grieve in peace as well as obtain justice for your loss.

Recovering Compensation After Losing a Loved One

The surviving spouse and children can file a wrongful death claim if a negligent driver was the cause of a Del Rio head-on collision. The siblings and parents can file if there is no wife or children. If a minor dies, the parents or guardians may file. Recoverable damages include:

  • Expenses for the funeral and burial
  • Lost wages until retirement age, including benefits
  • Loss of consortium, love and affection for the surviving spouse
  • Loss of guidance and nurturing for the children
  • Loss of assistance in the household

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Modesto Wrongful Death Attorney

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