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Two killed in Palmdale crash on 100th Street and East Avenue R

Posted: January 6, 2023

UPDATE: The women were identified as 26-year-old Ericka Gonzalez of Los Angeles and 23-year-old Esmeralda Rangel of Little Rock, according to the coroner’s office.

PALMDALE, CA (January 6, 2023) – Two women were killed today in a Palmdale crash involving a red compact SUV and a white pickup truck.

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The crash was reported at 2:41 p.m. at 100th Street East and East Avenue R, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A witness reported that one person was on the ground, the CHP said.

Video from the scene showed a white GMC pickup truck having broad-sided a red Hyundai Venue compact SUV and an officer administering a field sobriety test to a man before he was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.

A news videographer at the scene described the victims as two young women inside the red car.

The crash also downed a utility pole and power lines, so Southern California Edison was contacted, the CHP said.

Avenue R was closed from 100th Street East to 102nd Street East for the investigation, the CHP said.

[via CNS]

Liability In Palmdale 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 the Two Deaths in the Palmdale Crash

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the families of Ericka Gonzalez and Esmeralda Rangel. 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 Palmdale crash? 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.

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