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San Jose, CA – Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-680 near Berryessa Rd Takes One Life

February 15, 2023

Man holding steering wheel in car accident

San Jose, CA (February 15, 2023) – One person has died following a fatal accident that took place on Sunday evening in the San Jose area.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the hit-and-run accident happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 at about 10:52 a.m. on February 12.

Preliminary reports show that 49-year-old Martin Ramirez Salazar was operating a white pickup truck on the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 at a high rate of speed. As a result, he crashed into the rear of a Ford focus. The impact of the crash caused the car to lose control and strike the center divider. The sedan then spun around and came to rest in the hub lane while facing the wrong direction near Berryessa Road.

One person in the Ford was severely injured. The victim was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Salazar fled the scene of the accident and was later arrested at his home. He faces multiple charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and hit-and-run.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are currently being investigated.

Fatal Crashes in California

San Jose, CA – Multi-Vehicle Crash on I-680 near Berryessa Rd Takes One LifeFatal accidents take place frequently in the state of California. In fact, thousands of people die every year in our state due to motor vehicle collisions. In most cases, these accidents are preventable. We see countless people die due to drivers who are speeding, impaired, or distracted while operating their vehicles.

The unfortunate truth is that it is impossible to prepare for the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident. Especially when one takes the life of your loved one suddenly and unexpectedly.

A family may suffer a great deal after losing a loved one in a collision. In addition to having to deal with the severe psychological and emotional impacts, many families also have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on funeral expenses and memorial services. Families of victims who passed away in accidents brought on by careless drivers should contact a San Jose wrongful death attorney right away. They may be able to pursue legal action against the person responsible to seek financial compensation for some of the losses they face.

After the unexpected loss of a loved one, your family may be able to recover financial compensation for not only funeral and burial arrangements but lost earning capacity, loss of services, and loss of companionship. A skilled and fearless legal team will provide you with the best chance of getting justice and holding the negligent driver accountable.

At Wilshire Law Firm, our team of experienced and dedicated car accident lawyers has provided countless clients with the legal representation they need to recover compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims. With decades of experience in taking on major insurance companies, we will do everything in our power to ensure you get the justice you deserve. Schedule a free consultation at our California personal injury law firm today by calling 800-358-1884 to discuss your case and get started.

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