Manteca, CA – In a devastating incident over the weekend, a driver from Sacramento lost her life in a fatal collision on Hwy. 99, according to CBS 13.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received notification of the crash at approximately 9:22 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2024, near Hwy. 120. The preliminary investigation suggests that the first vehicle, traveling south in the far left lane of Hwy. 99, struck the center divider wall with its left side for reasons yet unknown. Following the impact, the vehicle either came to a stop or slowed down.
Tragically, a second vehicle, also traveling in the same lane, was unable to avoid the first and collided with it. The driver of the initial vehicle, identified as a 30-year-old woman from Sacramento, sustained fatal injuries. Emergency services rushed her to San Joaquin General, where she was pronounced dead.
As the CHP continues its investigation into the incident, it remains uncertain whether alcohol or drugs were contributing factors to the crash. The identities of those involved have not been disclosed pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.
Wrongful Death Claims
Even if criminal charges are not filed, family members of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim if investigations indicate another driver to be at fault. The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can go toward reducing the financial burden caused by hospital bills, burial costs, and potentially the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.
To make certain the insurance provider of an at-fault driver makes an appropriate payout, victims’ families should seek the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can help overcome any pitfalls an insurance company may put forth to keep from paying their full due.