Yuba Fatality Auto Accident
I’m Ed Smith, a Marysville-Yuba City personal injury lawyer. A three-car crash happened along the highway on Friday, March 23, 2018. Sadly, the collision resulted in one man suffering fatal injuries. The identity of the victim has not yet been released by authorities.
My heartfelt sympathies are extended to those who are currently grieving the loss of their loved one.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a 75-year-old man had been driving his Dodge Ram pickup truck with attached trailer north along State Route 49 in the area of Rush Creek. At the same time, the man who passed away had been driving his Jeep Wrangler south on the same highway approaching the location of the Dodge. A third vehicle, reportedly a 2006 Ford Ranger, had been traveling directly behind the Jeep.
For unknown reasons, the driver of the Dodge allowed his vehicle to drive across the median of the roadway and directly into the path of the oncoming Jeep. The Jeep and Dodge collided head-on inside of the southbound lane. The force of the crash sent the Jeep off of the roadway, where it careened down an embankment off of the highway’s western edge. The Dodge reportedly came to a rest inside of SR-49’s southbound lane.
The Ford driver was able to maneuver around the crash as it was taking place by entering the northbound lane but soon struck debris from the wreckage. Police reports indicate that the debris traveled through the Ford’s windshield.
Nature of the Injuries
Some evidence suggested the Jeep driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was officially pronounced dead on-scene by medical responders. The driver of the Dodge reportedly received serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.
The driver of the Ford was reported to have received minor injuries and he opted out of medical treatment at the accident scene.
Pending CHP Investigation
An investigation into this accident is currently being conducted by CHP. The only information available from CHP so far is that they have determined that alcohol and/or drugs were not factors contributing to this collision.
Factors that may have lead to this crash include distraction, fatigue, a broken or otherwise malfunctioning vehicle part, a serious defect in the road, a medical emergency suffered by one of the drivers, and more.
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