Deadly Traffic Accident on State Route 20 

A Mini Cooper, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Explorer were involved in a fatal collision on Monday morning, March 28th. 

CHP reported that the accident took place just before 5:30 p.m. on State Route 20. 

Rafael Esquivel, 60, was driving east in the Mini Cooper before losing control and swerving into oncoming traffic. 

As a result, his vehicle collided with a Toyota Tacoma, driven by Micahel Schmuckley, 66. 

Upon impact, the Mini Cooper then spun out of control and collided with a Ford Explorer. 

The Ford driver, ID’d as Kurt Jensen, 49, suffered moderate injuries. 

Sadly, the passenger in the Mini Cooper, Cleotide Rodrguez-Delgado, suffered major injuries and died at a hospital later on. 

Delgado was 49-years-old and a resident of Ukiah, California. 

Additionally, the Schmuckley did not suffer any injuries. 

Investigators are actively working to determine the cause of the accident. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cleotide Rodriguez-Delgado. 

In 2020, studies showed that the state of California reported 3,723 motor-vehicle deaths which was an increase from 2019. 

In the U.S. one’s odds of dying in a car accident is around 1 in 107.

Always make sure to wear a seatbelt, obey traffic laws, and avoid distractions while driving.

Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.

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