Authorities report that a deadly two-vehicle crash may have been caused by a driver who was under the influence of drugs. The accident occurred on October 24, 2019 on a California roadway.
According to preliminary investigations, the head-on collision happened near Denair shortly after 5 a.m. when a 43-year-old man driving a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria in the westbound lane on Santa Fe Drive swerved over the centerline and into the eastbound lane, colliding head-on into a 2004 Chevrolet van, killing the van’s driver and passenger. Another male passenger in the van was critically injured. None of the van’s occupants had identification with them, but it was reported that the van was registered out of Turlock.
When they responded to the scene, emergency personnel pronounced two of the van’s occupants, a man and a woman, dead. A third occupant, a man, also in his 30s, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for life-threatening injuries. The Ford driver was not seriously injured but was taken to a hospital in the Modesto area for treatment and faces felony charges for vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, as reported. Following his stay in the hospital, authorities purportedly took him into custody and placed him in the Merced County Jail. No further details were released in the report.
Many vehicle crashes are the result of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, or speeding or driving in a careless manner. If an individual who is seriously hurt or lost a loved one because of the negligent actions of a driver is considering filing a claim for compensation, official documentation that presents evidence supporting the claim is typically required. This could consist of statements from eyewitnesses, reports filed by responding officers, road and weather conditions, and surveillance footage.