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One Dead After Single-Vehicle Car Accident in Placer County

One Dead Following Car Accident in Placer County

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, one person tragically lost her life as the result of a car accident in Placer County. The decedent was identified the following day by authorities of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department as a 22-year-old woman from Sacramento. The crash involved a single passenger vehicle and, in addition to the decedent, left one other person with major injuries.

Crash Information

The crash happened at around 4:36 p.m. on Highway Interstate 80 to the east of Drum Forebay Road near the small community of Colfax. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), a 2007 Honda Civic was heading westbound on the highway prior to the accident and was allegedly traveling at high speeds and passing other vehicles. CHP stated that, for unknown reasons, the vehicle suddenly veered onto the right-hand highway shoulder and traveled off-road before colliding with several nearby trees.


Accident witnesses contacted CHP, who immediately sent responders out to the scene. When they reached the location of the crash, officers discovered that the passenger of the vehicle had suffered critical injuries. Tragically, she was pronounced deceased before being taken to a hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, who was identified as a 22-year-old man and Sacramento resident, was determined to have suffered major internal injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital via ambulance. Updates on his condition have not been reported.


CHP is currently conducting a full accident investigation, but have not stated any suspected crash factors. Single-vehicle collisions can involve multiple causes and often include non-driver accident factors like defective car parts.

Furthermore, fatal accidents can be difficult for police to investigate if they are unable to interview all the parties involved. To make sure that the crash is investigated with the rights of your family in mind, it’s best to work with an Auburn personal injury lawyer who has ample experience privately investigating wrongful death claims.

The Impact of a Fatal Accident

After the death of a loved one, people often go through an intense period of grief. If the death was due to a fatal accident, feelings associated with grief can be even more difficult to endure. Often, grieving individuals can even feel shocked and unable to keep up with their lives during such a traumatic time. For these reasons, it’s incredibly important that grieving families do what they can to take care of themselves and seek support from their friends and community.

However, it’s also very important to contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as you are able. Having an attorney early on in a wrongful death case can be a critical part of claiming the compensation your family needs to cover lost income, medical expenses, and other important damages.

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I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn wrongful death lawyer. Losing someone you love is a tragedy. To receive my free, friendly advice about your legal options after a wrongful death accident, contact me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400.

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