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Hwy 101, Cochrane Rd Motorcycle Crash Kills San Jose Woman, 19, in Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill, CA – On Tuesday night, June 11, 2024, a 19-year-old woman from San Jose lost her life following a multi-vehicle collision in Morgan Hill, according to KION.

At approximately 9:17 PM, the young woman was riding a Yamaha motorcycle northbound on Highway 101 near Cochrane Road when she encountered traffic congestion caused by an overturned big rig truck ahead. The chain reaction involved multiple vehicles, including a Kia Forte, a Dodge Ram, and a Ford Escape, all of which were stationary due to the earlier incident.

According to CHP investigators, the motorcyclist collided with the rear of the Kia Forte before crashing into the Dodge Ram. The force of the impact ejected her from her motorcycle, causing her to come to rest underneath the Dodge Ram. Her motorcycle continued to move eastward and eventually struck the Ford Escape.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the occupants of the other vehicles sustained injuries in the crash.

In the immediate aftermath, all northbound lanes of Highway 101 in Morgan Hill were blocked, causing significant traffic delays. The lanes were reopened by Wednesday morning, allowing traffic to flow normally once more.

At this time, it remains unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident. The CHP is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause of the crash.

Wrongful Death Claims

Whether or not a collision results in criminal charges for any of those involved, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a Wrongful Death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a Wrongful Death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income needed to support the deceased’s dependents.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny. This is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney proves invaluable, negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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