UPDATE: 37-year-old woman killed in Highway 20 crash near Chalk Bluff Road

Posted: June 8, 2022

HIGHWAY 20 (June 7, 2022) – A 37-year-old Sacramento woman was killed in an accident on Highway 20 according to The Union.

The crash occurred on Saturday, June 4, around 6:30 p.m. near Chalk Bluff Road. An unidentified man driving a 2002 Acura TL at a high rate of speed crashed into a livestock trailer, causing the death of the 37-year-old woman who was his passenger.

The livestock trailer was towed by Donald Mayo, 77, of Live Oak, with his 2022 Ford F-350 truck. He was accompanied by Denise Mayo, 67 and Matt Perkins, 43, both of whom are also of Live Oak.

The Acura veered into the path of the Ford truck, causing a head-on collision that seriously injured Donald Mayo, and left Denise Mayo with moderate injuries, causing both to be treated at the hospital. Matt Perkins suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

According to reports, the man driving the Acura was also seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

The identity of the slain woman is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The sheep being hauled in the trailer were reportedly unharmed.

UPDATE: JUNE 8, 2022: The victim in this car accident has been identified as Jessica Johnson, 36, of Sacramento. The driver that killed her has also been identified as Travis Reynaga, 34, of Grass Valley. As of the time of this writing, Reynaga remains in hospitalized.

Liability In Highway 20 Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Highway 20 Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who was tragically killed in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Sacramento area car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.


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