Highway 99E Collision Results in Death of Gridley Man

The identity of the man who was killed on May 13th in Tehama County has been identified as Jose Nazarro Arellano, 52. 

Arellano was involved in a hit-and-run collision that took place just before 3 p.m. that day on Highway 99E.

Rebecca Ann Bryant, 46, was driving northbound before attempting to pass vehicles.

Bryant drove into the southbound lanes to do so, right in the path of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Alejandro Arellano, 49. 

In an attempt to avoid Bryant’s vehicle, Arellano veered into the northbound lanes, causing a head-on collision with a Cadillac El Dorado. 

The driver of the Cadillac, ID’d as Felton Price III, 49, of Chico, sustained major injuries as a result. 

He was rushed to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.

Unfortunately, the passenger in the Malibu, Jose Nazarro Arellano, died at the scene.

Alejandra Arellano suffered major injuries and was also taken to Enloe Medical Center.

It was also reported that Bryant fled the scene and was later located and arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. 

An active investigation is underway. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jose Nazarro Arellano. 

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.

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.

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

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