20-Year-Old Woman Falls Victim to DUI Collision in Fresno County
Two vehicles collided due to an impaired driver on Saturday in Fresno County.
Per CHP, the wreck took place around 9:15 p.m. on September 17th on Highway 180.
Antonio Orosco, 27, was driving west when he veered into eastbound traffic, causing a head-on collision with an Acura driven by Sandy Mendoza, 20.
Sadly, Mendoza was declared dead at the scene. There were also four passengers in her vehicle that were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries.
Additionally, Orosco sustained major injuries and was treated at the same hospital. He was later arrested on suspicion of drug impairment and vehicular manslaughter.
The crash remains under investigation.
JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Mendoza.
Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes.
The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that:
- 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
- They are most common on two-lane highways
- Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
- 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality
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 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.