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Waterford Driver Killed in Crash with South Yosemite Power Line Pole in Oakdale

Oakdale, CA – According to the Modesto Bee, on Yosemite Avenue early Saturday morning, April 27, 2024, a driver lost his life after crashing into a power line pole. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the victim was a 34-year-old man from Waterford.

Based on initial findings, the driver of a 2012 Audi sedan was traveling southbound on South Yosemite when he suddenly crossed into the northbound lanes, ultimately colliding with a Pacific Gas & Electric pole after mounting a raised concrete curb.

The collision occurred north of Wakefield Drive, with emergency responders from Engine 28, Engine 27, and Battalion Chief 5 arriving at the scene at about 1:40 AM. The CHP was alerted shortly after 2 AM, initiating their preliminary investigation into the incident.

Fire crews worked diligently for approximately 20 minutes to extract the driver from the vehicle, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, as noted in the Modesto Fire Department’s incident summary report.

Authorities are still determining if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, while details regarding speed or braking efforts have not been disclosed in the official release.

Liability in Solo-Vehicle Collisions

In some circumstances, investigations can reveal that some portion of the liability for a solo-vehicle collision might fall upon other drivers in the vicinity of the accident or even unsafe roadway structures. Working through the particulars of liability to help victims and their families find proper compensation is one of the many services a personal injury attorney can provide.

Once liability has been established, a personal injury attorney can also negotiate on behalf of the victim with insurance companies, who will always seek to minimize the payout for any claim they cannot deny.

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