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Visalia Car Accident Lawyers | 1 Teen Killed, 2 Injured in SUV Rollover Crash

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SUV Rollover Crash: One teen was killed and two seriously injured in an SUV crash on Highway 198 near Visalia. (ABC 30 News)

A 17-year-old boy was killed and two other teens were seriously injured Monday in an SUV rollover crash on Highway 198 near Visalia.

•   An SUV veered into the center of a highway and when the teen driver tried to steer back into her traffic lane, the vehicle rolled over and slid into oncoming traffic.

•   The SUV hit an oncoming BMW, flipped and bounced onto the BMW’s hood, then rolled over and crashed into a guard rail.

•  One of the SUV’s teen passengers died at the scene. The driver and other passenger suffered major injuries. No one in the BMW was seriously hurt.

Visalia SUV Rollover Crash AttorneysThe highway crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m., according to an ABC 30 News report.

California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Harris said a 2006 Jeep Wrangler driven by 16-year-old Katarina Pursifull of Visalia was traveling westbound on Highway 198 at the time of the accident.

The Jeep suddenly veered into the center median about three miles east of Road 180, according to a Visalia Times-Delta report. When Pursifull tried to get back into traffic lane, the Jeep swerved and then skidded through the median and started to roll.

Harris said the Jeep then slid sideways into the oncoming traffic lane, crashed into an eastbound BMW driven by 45-year-old Patricia Edwards of Exeter, flipped over, bounced on the hood of the BMW, and then rolled into a guard rail, where it came to rest. The occupants of the Jeep were trapped inside.

A 17-year-old boy who was riding in the back seat of the Jeep died at the scene. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office later identified the boy as Nathan DeHaven of Visalia, according to the Fresno Bee.

Visalia SUV Rollover Accident AttorneysPursifull and her other passenger, 19-year-old Michael Gibson of Visalia, sustained major injuries. Pursifull was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Gibson was taken by ground ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.

Edwards, who was driving the BMW, had her 1-year-old son Michael and 5-year-old daughter Mia in the car with her. She said she was shaken up and sore, but neither she nor either of the children appeared to be seriously injured. She later posted a statement on her Facebook page: “Want to give a BIG THANK YOU to the CHP officers, paramedics, DA, Sheriffs and passersby that helped me and my babies today.”

The CHP said all of the occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not suspected to be a factor in the accident.

County fire crews, Exeter police and fire departments, and ambulance services from Tulare, Exeter and Visalia responded to the accident. Traffic was blocked for more than two hours in both directions on Highway 198, the CHP said.

The fatal accident is under investigation.

The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have successfully represented SUV rollover accident injury victims for 35 years.  The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1866-692-8126.

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APR
2011

St. Helena Car Accident Lawyers | Fatal Crash on Silverado Trail

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A 30-year-old pastry chef was killed in a car accident on the Silverado Trail in St. Helena.

A 30-year-old pastry chef was killed in a car accident Wednesday morning on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley wine country town, St. Helena.

•   A pastry chef who worked at the Michelin 3-star-rated Solbar restaurant in Calistoga was driving south on the Silverado Trail.

•   A northbound vehicle crossed a double-yellow line into the southbound lane and hit the chef’s vehicle head-on, forcing it into a power pole.

•   The chef died at the scene. The other driver sustained minor injuries.

The fatal accident occurred at about 12:30 a.m., according to a report in the Napa Valley Register.

California Highway Patrol officer Jaret Paulson said chef Robin Rasmussen, who works at the Michelin three-star Solbar restaurant at the Solage resort in Calistoga, was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra south on the Silverado Trail at the time of the crash.

Paulson said a northbound 2008 Toyota Scion XB driven by 22-year-old Milton Acosta of Angwin crossed a double-yellow line and veered into the southbound lane, where it crashed head-on into Rasmussen’s Nissan. The impact forced the Nissan to hit a power pole.

Rasmussen was pronounced dead at the scene. Acosta sustained minor injuries and was transported via ground ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. He was released the same day.

There were no passengers in either car. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the CHP said.

Authorities didn’t know why Acosta veered into oncoming traffic. Paulsen said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the fatal crash, which remains under investigation.

There were more than 3,000 head-on collisions in the U.S. in 2009, the most recent year compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. According to the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), most of these collisions occur on rural roads:

  • 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on rural roads,
  • 75 percent of head-on crashes occur on undivided two-lane roads, and
  • 83 percent of two-lane undivided road crashes occur on rural roads.

The statistics indicate that most of these head-on crashes probably result from a driver falling asleep, being distracted, or traveling too fast in a curve, the NCHRP report states.

The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have successfully represented motor vehicle accident injury victims for 35 years.  The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1866-692-8126.

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APR
2011

Lompoc Car Accident Lawyers | 3 Teens Seriously Hurt in Solo Crash

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A 16-year-old driver and her two teen passengers were seriously injured Sunday on Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Photo: Lompoc Record)

Three teens were seriously injured Sunday afternoon when a newly-licensed 16-year-old driver lost control of her vehicle and plummeted down a steep embankment on Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc.

•  A 16-year-old driver with a provisional license — not legally allowed to transport other teens without a parent or 25-year-old driver — was driving home from the beach with two other teens as passengers.

•  She lost control of her car on a turn, crashed through a guard rail, and tumbled 70 feet down a steep embankment. The car caught fire.

•  One of the teens was in critical condition and had to be airlifted to a hospital. The other two had serious injuries but were in fair condition and were taken to an area hospital by ground ambulance.

The single-car accident occurred at near the intersection of El Rancho and Antenna roads on the north part of the air force base, according to a report in the Lompoc Record.

The teen driver and her two passengers — — a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy — were in a Chevrolet Cobalt returning from Minuteman Beach on the northern tip of the base to the main section of Vandenberg. The driver lost control on a corner near a bridge across some railroad tracks. The car plowed through a guard rail where the roadway meets the bridge, tumbled about 70 feet down a steep embankment, and burst into flames, base officials said.

All three teens apparently managed to escape from the vehicle. One of them sustained critical injuries and was airlifted to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. The other two also suffered serious injuries but were said to be in fair condition when they were taken by ground ambulance to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria.

“They are extremely fortunate to be alive,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Cox,who is investigating the accident.

Air Force officials said the driver had a provisional California driver’s license that was issued about a month ago. Under state law, she is not allowed to transport passengers under 20 years old when not accompanied by a parent, guardian or other licensed driver at least 25 years old.

All three teens, whose names were not released, are dependent children of base personnel, officials said. One of them is the child of a military family, while the other two are children of civil servants who work at the base.

The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have been representing car accident victims for 35 years. The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1866-692-8126.

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APR
2011

Petaluma Motorcycle Accident Lawyers | Injured CHP Officer Returns to Work

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A Petaluma CHP officer who was critically injured in a motorcycle accident has recovered and returned to work.

It’s a rare pleasure to report a happy ending after a tragic accident: Yesterday a 20-year veteran California Highway Patrol officer was able to return to duty after being critically injured in a motorcycle accident last May.

A veteran CHP officer who suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident was back on patrol Monday after a year of recovery and rehabilitation.

The officer was on-duty and responding to an emergency call when a car made a U-turn directly in his path. He hit the car and was thrown from the bike.

He had 15 different injuries, including a torn aorta and internal bleeding.

Officer Todd Overzet was riding east on Lakeville Highway on May 12, 2010, when he collided with a car and was thrown from his bike, according to ABC News.

Overzet was responding to an emergency report of an accident near Highway 37, with his siren on and lights flashing. As he approached Matteri Road, he entered the left lane across a broken single yellow line to pass a slower moving 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck. At the same time, a 2010 Toyota Corolla in front of the pickup truck made a U-turn directly into Overzet’s path.

Overzet couldn’t avoid hitting the Toyota. He was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered massive injuries, including a life-threatening torn aorta, a broken arm, and internal bruising and bleeding. He had 15 separate injuries, ABC News reported. (The 73-year-old woman driving the Toyota was not hurt.)

Overzet was rushed to Stanford Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and later completed his rehabilitation. It took him a full year to recover, but on Monday officials proudly announced that the well-liked officer — who once saved the life of a 2-year-old girl who had gone into seizures on a bus — is back on patrol in Marin County.  Overzet thanked his many supporters.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities of Marin and Sonoma counties for their outpouring of concern and support for me during my recovery last year,” Overzet said in a statement. “I thank God for the blessing of working in this place for people such as you and restoring my health to the point where I may once again resume my duties with CHP.”

The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have been representing motorcycle accident victims for 35 years. The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1866-692-8126.

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APR
2011

Sherman Oaks Car Accident Lawyers | Off-Duty Officer Killed in Solo Crash

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An off-duty police officer was killed after he crashed into a guard rail on Highway 101 in Sherman Oaks. (Photos: KTLA News)

An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer was killed in a single-vehicle car accident Saturday morning in Sherman Oaks.

•   A 23-year-old off-duty police officer drifted of of the road and crashed his pickup truck into a guardrail on the Ventura Freeway early Saturday morning.

•   The guardrail pierced through the interior of the truck and shoved the driver’s seat, with the officer still in it, onto the freeway.

•   The young officer was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died two hours later.

The highway crash occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m., according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

California Highway Patrol officer Ed Jacobs said the off-duty LAPD officer, later identified as 23-year-old Jose Diance-Cruz of Sylmar, was driving his own Ford F-150 pickup truck south on the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101) at the time of the deadly crash.

The truck suddenly veered off the right shoulder for unknown reasons and slammed into a metal guardrail near the Van Nuys Boulevard exit, Jacobs said. The guardrail pierced all the way through the interior of the truck, shoving the driver’s seat onto the road. Diance-Cruz was still belted onto the seat.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found the young officer critically injured and rushed him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. He died there about two hours later, at at 5:34 a.m., the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

A motorcade of 10 LAPD units — with lights flashing and sirens sounding — transported Diance-Cruz from the hospital to the coroner’s office.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated event the same morning, a different off-duty LAPD officer rode his motorcycle the wrong way through the Sepulveda Tunnel near Los Angeles International Airport. He was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. His name and blood alcohol level were withheld by authorities.

Motor vehicle accidents are now the leading cause of on-duty fatalities among police officers.

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The trial attorneys at Blackman Legal Group, a California-based law firm founded by renowned trial attorney Clifford Blackman, have successfully represented motor vehicle accident injury victims for 35 years.  The nationwide toll-free number to call for a free consultation is 1866-692-8126.