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Lompoc Man Larry Vanderhoofven, 85, Killed in Crash on Santa Lucia Canyon Rd, Hwy 1

Lompoc, CA – According to KSBY, on the morning of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 85-year-old Larry Vanderhoofven of Lompoc died in a two-vehicle collision north of Lompoc that hospitalized 3 others.

Around 8:50 AM, Vanderhoofven and an 84-year-old female passenger were struck by a southbound Pontiac Grand Prix traveling south on Highway 1 while attempting a left-hand turn from Santa Lucia Canyon Road onto northbound Highway 1.

His passenger and the two occupants of the Pontiac received transportation to Santa Maria hospital, while Vanderhoofven died from his wounds.

Authorities do not suspect driver intoxication to have played a part in the collision.

Wrongful Death Claims

While no amount of money can bring back those who lose their lives in a vehicular fatality, the emotional burden of their loss is often accompanied by a financial burden that falls on their surviving family members.

A wrongful death claim filed with the insurance provider of an at-fault driver can provide compensation to help cover medical expenses, burial costs, and even the loss of support for dependents of the deceased.

However, because insurance companies carry the incentive to reduce the payout for any claim they cannot deny, the services of a skilled personal injury attorney can prove crucial in securing justice for the deceased.

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