Karen Hernandez, 65, died in a San Bernardino County rollover car accident as she veered off the 15 Freeway in Fontana the evening of June 12, 2009, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports. Hernandez’s Chevrolet S10 pickup truck apparently went off the road from the number two lane and rolled over several times before it came to rest on a south embankment, California Highway Patrol officials said. Hernandez was declared dead shortly after the rollover car crash.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Karen Hernandez for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System there were 15 fatal car accidents and 675 car accidents involving injuries in Fontana. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 308 fatalities and 9,920 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that at least 10,000 people die in the United States each year as a result of rollover accidents.
Based on this newspaper report, it is not very clear why Karen Hernandez lost control of her Chevy S10 pickup truck. In 2005, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) issued a report finding that the Chevrolet S10 trucks made between 1999 and 2002 had the second highest rate of driver death of the 48 pickup truck models that were part of the study. The Chevy S10 extended cab had the eighth highest rate.
If I were a member of Hernandez’s family, I would definitely want to find out whether a mechanical malfunction or