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Red Bluff Man Identified After Fatal Crash

Red Bluff Man Identified After Fatal Crash

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, officials of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department released the identity of a man who tragically passed away about a week earlier due to injuries he suffered in a local car accident. The decedent was identified as Michael Lutz, a 59-year-old Red Bluff man. Police have stated that the crash took place within Red Bluff city limits and only involved a single vehicle. An official investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Crash Information

The Red Bluff Police Department (RBPD) reported that the accident happened on Friday, September 20, 2019. Lutz had reportedly been driving northbound on South Main Street toward Sister Mary Columba Drive when his vehicle veered to the left for unknown reasons. After veering, the vehicle crossed over the median of the road and traveled through oncoming lanes before striking a roadside embankment.

First responders were sent out to the accident location immediately. When they arrived, emergency personnel found that Lutz had suffered severe trauma and immediately began to administer life-saving aid. Lutz was extricated from his wrecked vehicle and given medical treatment, including CPR. Tragically, medics could not save his life, and Lutz was pronounced deceased on-site.

Agencies that assisted in accident response included RBPD, California Highway Patrol (CHP), Red Bluff Fire Department, and the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department.


As police continue to investigate this crash, no suspected collision factors have been reported. Often, accidents like this one are caused by factors not under the control of drivers. These can include phantom vehicles, defective vehicle parts, hazardous roads, and more. However, when a person passes away during a crash, they are unable to tell investigators what happened. This often causes important accident factors to go overlooked during the investigation. For this reason, it is important for families to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney who knows how to conduct effective accident investigations. Having a lawyer investigate the accident early on can be vital to claiming the payments you and your family deserve from negligent parties.

How Do I Look for a Lawyer?

After a fatal car accident, families are often left emotionally devastated. During this time, it can be hard to go through your normal, daily life without the love and support of the person you’ve lost. Because of this emotional stress, the idea of looking for a trustworthy lawyer can seem overwhelming.

However, there are a couple of key things that you can look for in an attorney to ensure that they will handle your case with compassion, skill, and expertise. If you’d like to learn a bit more about how you can easily find an attorney to help you with your wrongful death case, watch this short and helpful YouTube video:

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I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff wrongful death lawyer. If a fatal crash affected your household, call (800) 404-5400 or (530) 392-9400 to speak to me and receive some free, friendly advice regarding your case.

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