San Jose, CA (March 29, 2021) – A San Jose man was killed on Saturday night after a wrong-way crash occurred on Highway 101, troopers with the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash was reported around 11:10 p.m. A 24-year-old Santa Maria man was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe southbound in the northbound lanes after entering the freeway from the Tefft Street off-ramp. The Tahoe then crashed head-on into a Honda CR-V driven by a 44-year-old San Jose man.
The CR-V flipped and landed on its roof in the median, ejecting one of the two passengers inside. The driver was transported to a Santa Maria hospital via ambulance but later died. His name has not yet been released. The two passengers suffered major injuries and were also taken to a hospital.
The alleged wrong-way driver fled on foot, but the CHP used a helicopter and ground units to apprehend him. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and charged with suspicion of felony DUI causing bodily injury, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, fatal hit-and-run, and grand theft.
The accident remains under investigation.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim. Our thoughts are with the injured victims in hopes of a full recovery.
Wrong-Way Accidents in California
Nearly 35,000 traffic accidents resulted in fatalities, major injuries, or minor injuries on Bay Area roadways over the last several years. As a result, thousands of lives are lost every year on California’s highways, major thoroughfares connecting large city centers, local streets, and beyond. Furthermore, the large number of suburbs and city centers in Northern California means more traffic and drivers on the road, making serious accidents like wrong-way incidents or catastrophic multi-vehicle crashes more common.
Serious car accidents causing injuries or even fatalities are an unfortunate part of life in California. When multiple victims are injured in an accident, they may have to deal with other drivers’ insurance companies, long-term physical pain, and expensive hospital bills. Occasionally, as a result of these incidents, victims succumb to their injuries, leaving their grieving families to cope with emotional trauma and financial difficulties as a result of another driver’s negligence.
But the victims and their families affected by these wrecks can seek help from a California accident attorney. A skilled attorney in California can help victims seek justice and the fair compensation they deserve after suffering in an accident that occurred through no fault of their own.
Gene Halavanau at Halavanau Law Office strives to help victims and their families in their time of need. At Halavanau Law Office in San Francisco, our team can help you collect the maximum amount of compensation available for your injuries and losses. Victims and their families should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars of their own money on medical treatment, especially if their injuries resulted from an accident caused by the careless, reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of another party.
Our team at Halavanau will gladly review the facts of your case and tailor our advice to match the specific needs of your case. We have years of experience when it comes to fighting for victims and their families. If you’ve been involved in a crash caused by the negligent actions of another driver, contact our injury attorneys in San Francisco today at (415) 692-5301 or Halavanau.com to schedule your consultation.
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