Chico, CA (September 23, 2023) Lorayna Gonsalves was arrested on Friday after driving recklessly through the town of Chico and colliding with several vehicles. The Chico Police Department said they had to use spike strips in order to stop her.
It all began around 11:00 a.m. on Friday when police were dispatched to the downtown area of Chico because of a reckless driver. Upon arrival, officers found the car and began pursuing it. They eventually stopped because they feared the public would be injured if the pursuit continued.
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Officers were able to identify the driver of the vehicle as Lorayna Gonsalves. The Chico Police Department said Gonsalves hit at least 3 vehicles as she sped through town and almost hit multiple people.
Officers deployed spike strips and were able to stop Gonsalves’ vehicle. An officer intentionally rammed her vehicle to disable it completely. They said she refused to cooperate for a while but eventually got out of her vehicle and surrendered.
She was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, evading police while driving with a willful wanton disregard for safety, hit-and-run, and resisting/obstructing an officer.
Liability In Chico 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:
- 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 Chico Car Accident
We at Accident News Now extend our well wishes to anyone injured in this pursuit/collision. 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 Chico car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers 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 (844) 966-0965.