Pleasanton Man Killed in Car Crash on Hellyer Avenue in San Jose

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September 09, 2022
Edward Smith

Fatal Car Accident Reported in San Jose

The San Jose Police Department reported a fatal car accident on the early morning of September 3, 2022. The traffic collision was said to have occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Hellyer Avenue and Ridgebrook Way.

Details on the Fatal Car Accident Reported in San Jose

A preliminary traffic incident report by San Jose PD revealed that a 2007 Toyota sedan was traveling eastbound on Hellyer Avenue. The Toyota driver pulled over and exited their vehicle. While doing so, the Toyota driver was allegedly hit by a westbound 2000 Dodge pickup truck. Sadly, the Toyota driver, 26-year-old Jaime Lopez Perez of Pleasanton, was declared deceased at the crash site.

The Dodge driver, a 23-year-old man, stayed at the scene of the car accident. San Jose PD reported that the Dodge driver showed signs of impairment. He was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence (DUI). The Dodge driver was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail, officials said.

Things Survivors Should Know About Wrongful Death Car Accident Cases

A wrongful death may occur when a person suffers fatal injuries in an incident caused by someone else’s negligent actions. The sudden loss of a close relative may result in a deep emotional void and also lead to great financial hardship for the family. As a surviving family member, you deserve to obtain justice and financial compensation for the loss of your loved one and the losses incurred. This may come in two forms: economic damages and non-economic damages. Before a loved one passed away, they may have received medical treatment for their final injuries. You may seek reimbursement of end-of-life care costs through a survival action.

Other recoverable damages may include expenses for funeral and burial services, mental anguish, lost companionship, lost future expected earnings by the decedent, loss of support, care, and love, and more. Keep in mind that each wrongful death claim is unique. Therefore, the losses you may recover will differ from what another family will receive. An experienced Pleasanton wrongful death attorney can review the facts and circumstances of your case to determine the damages that may be recovered in your situation.

Various factors may influence the value of a wrongful death claim. Your accident attorney will work to ensure that all applicable damages are factored in when seeking financial compensation for the loss of your loved one. This includes the decedent’s age, health, education, job status, life expectancy, and family duties. Expert witness testimony may be necessary in these cases to prove that the damages are reasonable and necessary in addition to their value. For instance, an economist may be retained to provide insight into the decedent’s occupation, and future expected earnings.

About Our Law Firm

Bringing a wrongful death claim may seem like a challenging and daunting process. At, we understand this and want to simplify the process for you and your family. As a survivor, you deserve to hold the negligent party financially accountable for the sudden death of your loved one. Proving a wrongful death case can help your family do so. Learn more about our legal team and how we can assist your family with your case by watching this video or setting up a free consultation today.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Pleasanton

I’m Ed Smith, a Pleasanton personal injury lawyer. After the loss of a loved one in a car accident, your family may not have the energy to deal with a wrongful death claim. Our legal team is here to handle all aspects of your case from start to finish. Call for free, friendly case advice at (925) 428-5220 or (800) 404-5400.

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