Erik Davalos Killed in Modesto Crash

Authorities have identified the man who was killed in a Sunday three-vehicle collision in Modesto. 

Erik Davalos, 33, was reportedly killed on September 19th around 6 p.m. between Sylvan and Woodrow Avenues. 

According to reports, Miguel Angel Zapien was driving north on McHenry Avenue when he struck the driver’s side of Erik’s vehicle. 

Davalos was reportedly exiting a parking lot when Zapien collided with him. 

As a result of the impact, Davalos drifted into the southbound lanes and ended up colliding with a F-150 pickup truck. He also ended up being trapped inside of his Hyundai which caused major injuries.  

Zapien and the unidentified driver of the pickup truck sustained major injuries. Unfortunately, Davalos died at the scene. 

In addition, Miguel Zapien was also arrested on the suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Erik Davalos. 

According to NHTSA, more than a quarter (25%) of accident-related deaths are linked to the use of alcohol. With that being said, according to the CDC, there are 30 people that are killed everyday in a car accident as a result of an alcohol-impaired driver. That is equivalent to one death every 50 minutes.  

If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may also be entitled to wrongful death benefits. 

If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111. 

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