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Pedestrian Ezequiel Gonzalez Mejia, 41, Injured in Box Truck Collision with Raul Urbano Jr, 33, on Hwy 99 in Keyes

Keyes, CA – According to the Sacramento Bee, 41-year-old Ezequiel Gonzalez Mejia of Los Angeles was struck by a commercial truck while standing next to a car on Highway 99 in Keyes early Monday morning, May 6, 2024.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that the collision occurred on the west side of southbound Highway 99, north of Keyes Road, just before 6 AM. Mejia was standing beside a Kia sedan when he was struck by a Freightliner box truck driven by Raul Urbano Jr., 33, from Woodlake, Tulare County.

Urbano Jr. promptly stopped south of the collision site. Emergency responders found Mejia lying on the shoulder following the collision and provided transportation to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for treatment.

The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation by the CHP. Alcohol or drug involvement is not suspected.

Duty of Care Toward Pedestrians

Drivers are expected to provide a special “duty of care” toward pedestrians, who are more vulnerable and more likely to receive fatal injuries in traffic collisions. However, establishing liability can depend on multiple factors. Sorting through these complexities to determine fault is one of the services a personal injury attorney can provide.

Even after fault is established, insurance companies will attempt to minimize any claim they cannot deny. That is another place where a personal injury attorney can prove valuable by negotiating on behalf of victims to win them the full compensation they are due.

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