Double Fatality Traffic Crash Near Yuba City

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February 23, 2023
Edward Smith

Traffic Crash on Highway 20 Reportedly Involved Drunk Driver

A fatal traffic crash near Yuba City caused the death of a mother and her child on February 20 in a head-on collision. The crash happened in a rural area along Highway 20 near Acacia Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. According to a news release by the Yuba-Sutter California Highway Patrol (CHP) office, the driver of a Chevrolet 3500 pickup veered into an opposing lane and crashed into a Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV. 

Young Woman and Infant Die in Traffic Crash 

The pickup, driven by a Yuba City resident, age 43, was going east along Highway 20 when the vehicle swerved into the SUV, driven by a Colusa woman, age 25, which also carried her infant. Both died in the accident. Another passenger in the vehicle, a minor male, suffered major trauma and was transported to a hospital. 

Pickup Driver Reportedly Attempted to Flee the Accident Scene

The pickup driver attempted to escape from the traffic crash scene on foot. However, he was stopped by CHP officers, who determined his blood alcohol level was over double the legal limit. Although the pickup driver was also hospitalized with moderate injuries, he reportedly faces serious charges for his part in the accident. 

Alleged Drunk Driver Facing Serious Charges in Fatality Accident

Charges include evading officers, a double count of child endangerment and gross vehicular manslaughter for the two fatalities. Once the hospital has released him, he will be booked into jail. The names of those who died in the collision have not been released pending family notification by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s unit. The investigation into the fatal incident is currently under investigation.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim

When you lose a family member due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another driver, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim to retrieve damages. This type of legal action is brought by surviving family members who wish to seek compensation for their loss. In cases where the deceased was hit and killed by a drunk driver, filing a wrongful death claim can be especially beneficial in holding the responsible party accountable for their actions. 

Experienced Legal Representation Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve

If you have lost a family member in a traffic crash due to drunk driving, a wrongful death claim might give you a sense of justice and provide compensation for your loss. It is important to consult with an experienced legal team who can help you build a strong case and ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that is due to you.

Your attorney will be able to handle all aspects of your wrongful death claim, including gathering evidence, filing paperwork, representing you in court if necessary and negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf. With the help of a skilled legal team, you can get the justice and compensation you deserve for your tragic loss.

Personal Injury Attorney in Yuba City

My name is Ed Smith. I’m a personal injury attorney in Yuba City. Accidents involving negligent drivers often result in traumatic injuries or the death of a loved one. If your loved one died because of a negligent driver, you might be able to place a wrongful death claim to recover damages. Our accident attorneys can be reached at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for compassionate, free and friendly advice. We also offer an online form for contacting us.

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