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Fatal Accident in Stanislaus County, Suspected DUI

A suspected DUI driver was killed and another driver badly injured in a weekend crash west of Turlock. The Stanislaus County accident took place along Crows Landing Road south of Monte Vista Avenue Saturday evening on June 19, 2021.

The Modesto Bee reported the collision between a Honda Civic and a Range Rover SUV occurred around 8:30 p.m. The California Highway Patrol suspects the person at the wheel of the Honda, a 64-year-old man from Patterson, was driving under the influence in the northbound lane when he veered into the southbound lane. It was there that he struck the Range Rover head-on.

The Patterson man was rushed to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto where he later died. The driver of the Range Rover, a 26-year-old woman of Atwater, suffered major injuries and was also transported to Modesto. Her condition has not been released.

California Highway Patrol investigators are determining if drugs or alcohol played a part in sending the Honda Civic into opposing traffic.

Securing Support for Victims After a DUI Accident in Stanislaus County

Drivers who decide to get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs can quickly put themselves and other drivers in extremely hazardous situations anywhere in Stanislaus County.

Observant drivers can often spot a mistake by a careless driver and avoid collisions. However, drivers under the influence can proceed in an unpredictable manner making it almost impossible for other motorists to anticipate their next moves.

The devastating results of the decision to get in the driver’s seat while impaired by drugs or alcohol are felt across Stanislaus County and Turlock each week. Local emergency responders report accident incidents to California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) over the entire year.

In 2020, the heartbreaking numbers showed that a shocking 355 collisions across the county were attributed to a driver under the influence. Those accidents involving impairment led to the tragic deaths of 24 people and left another 489 victims to recover from injury.

Seeking Help After a DUI Accident in Stanislaus County

When victims and their families face the extreme costs that often follow a terrible car accident, they are allowed to file a claim for damages against an at-fault driver’s car insurance provider.  This claim can demand support for injured victims as they pay enormous hospital bills and lose wages as they miss work.

Families who have lost a loved one in an accident can also seek assistance through a wrongful death claim filed against an at-fault driver’s insurer. This support could help with funeral and burial costs and replace the financial support the deceased can no longer provide for his or her family.

If you or a family member is the victim of a serious crash, be sure to speak to an attorney in your area. You can visit our page about car accidents in Stanislaus County for more information.

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