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Jose Peralta, 49, Donald Avery Jr, 52, Killed in Crash at Pismo, Beach St in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA — The deceased in a fatal car crash that occurred in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday evening, May 15, 2024, have been identified as Jose Peralta, 49, of San Luis Obispo, and Donald Avery Jr., 52, of Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

According to police reports, the incident took place around 9:30 PM. Peralta was driving southbound on Beach Street, apparently failed to stop at the stop sign at the Pismo Street intersection, and collided with another vehicle. The impact caused Peralta’s vehicle to overturn multiple times.

Police stated that both Peralta and his passenger, Avery, were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Despite the efforts of emergency responders, both men sustained severe injuries and were later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A third passenger in Peralta’s vehicle, who was not ejected, survived the crash with only minor injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, identified only as a woman, was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities believe that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this devastating accident. The San Luis Obispo Police Department is continuing its investigation.

Passenger Liability

The liability insurance that drivers carry is not just meant to cover accidental harm caused to those outside of the vehicle. A driver is responsible for the safety of those in their vehicle as well. While making a wrongful death or personal injury claim against someone who knew the victim personally may prove emotionally challenging, the financial burdens following a vehicular accident can be hefty.

A good personal injury attorney can help grieving families seek proper compensation for their loss by navigating these tricky issues, as well as negotiating on the victim’s behalf with insurance companies, who routinely work to minimize the payout of any claim they cannot deny.

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