Fatal Highway Crash Near Winters

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March 08, 2019
Edward Smith

Deadly Car Accident Near Winters

Local California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers have reported that a serious auto accident happened near Winters on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The accident reportedly left one person with severe injuries which eventually cost one woman her life. The fatally injured woman was identified by authorities of Yolo County as Geraldine Sumie Lawler, a 66-year-old resident of Fairfield. According to reports, the accident only involved one vehicle and did not cause any further injuries. I would like to send my sympathies and support out to the family and friends of Ms. Lawler while they are grieving their tragic loss.

Crash Information

Officers reported that the car accident happened at around 11:25 a.m. on Highway Interstate 505 a few miles to the north of Winters. Lawler had been driving north on the highway in a Toyota SUV. For reasons that are not currently understood, the SUV suddenly veered toward the edge of the road just north of County Road 27. The Toyota eventually traveled off the road and overturned, rolling several times. The vehicle came to a rest on its roof after striking a roadside embankment.

The crash was reported shortly after it took place and emergency response officials were immediately sent to the area. Medics reported that they found Lawler had suffered major blunt-force trauma. Ms. Lawler was sadly declared deceased at the accident site.


CHP officer Rodney Fitzhugh has stated that CHP is actively looking into possible causes of this incident. However, investigating officers have not yet reported any factors they suspect to have been involved. Crash factors that are frequently involved in accidents such as this one include auto product defects, medical emergencies, defects in the roadway, and more.

Rollovers and Roof Strength

When vehicles overturn, there is often a major amount of pressure put on the roof. For this reason, it is important for vehicles roofs to be strong enough to protect people in the vehicle. Roofs that are built out of weak materials or are not adequately supported can collapse during a crash, causing major injuries. Because this issue is serious, vehicle manufacturers have an obligation to design their vehicles safely, and when cars fail to provide adequate safety to occupants, it can often be the basis of a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful Death Claims

The families and dependents of people who lose their lives in auto accidents are often left with serious financial hardships. Lost income, medical bills, and other issues can leave families wondering how they will be able to continue after fatal accidents. To recover for these damages, people can seek payments from negligent parties through wrongful death claims. Wrongful death claims help to provide people with the financial security they need to recover personally after a fatal accident. If you’d like to learn more about these claims, it is best to speak personally with a Winters wrongful death lawyer who can give you specific advice about your case.

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Winters Wrongful Death Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Winters wrongful death lawyer. Losing someone you love can be devastating. If a crash has fatally injured somebody you know, please speak with me on the phone to get free, friendly advice. I am available at both (530) 392-9400 and (800) 404-5400.

I have worked with Winters area residents for over 37 years, helping them obtain fair settlements and verdicts for wrongful death cases. If you would like to have more information about my work history, see what my clients have said at:

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