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Canal Crash at Russell, Althea Ave near Dos Palos Kills Robert Monreal, 26

Dos Palos, CA – The Fresno County Coroner’s Office has officially identified the individual who lost his life after crashing his car into a canal in the early hours of Thursday, May 9, 2024, as 26-year-old Robert Monreal of Dos Palos, according to ABC30.

The fatal incident occurred before 2:45 AM on Russell Avenue near Althea Avenue, south of Dos Palos. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), witnesses observed the vehicle veering into the canal, and there were no sightings of anyone exiting the car before or after entering the waterway.

Emergency responders, including a water rescue team, promptly arrived at the scene and recovered Monreal’s body from inside the submerged car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

As investigators continue their work, the circumstances leading up to the crash remain under investigation. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has also confirmed Monreal as the sole occupant of the sedan involved in the tragic incident.

Solo-Vehicle Collisions & Wrongful Death

Establishing fault in a collision can depend on multiple factors. Helping to determine legal liability is one of the ways that a personal injury attorney can help grieving families recovering from the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident.

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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