Nichole Mena, 29, was killed in a Riverside car accident after a minivan collided head-on with her car the night of July 6, 2010. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Mena was driving a 1996 Acura Integra west on Highway 74, near the intersection of Calvert Avenue and Four Seasons Boulevard, in Hemet. Mamdouh Salem, 43, was in a 2008 Nissan Quest minivan heading east on the highway and close to the Four Seasons gated community, when he crossed into the westbound lanes and struck the Integra. Mena sustained massive internal injuries and died at the scene. Three young children in the minivan — Adam Salem, 3, Zain Salem, 4, and Zachary Salem, 1 — were not seriously injured.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nichole Mena for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I’m also relieved to hear that the three children in the minivan were unharmed.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were seven deaths and 416 injuries involving car accidents in Hemet. In Riverside County as a whole, 220 people died and 8,561 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
Fault and Liability
Based on this news report, it is not clear exactly what caused this tragic accident. Was alcohol or drugs a factor in this crash? Was Salem distracted by something in the vehicle at the time of the collision? Was he speeding or driving recklessly? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine how or why this fatal crash occurred.
If it is determined that Salem was at fault in this crash, he could face criminal charges and could be held financially responsible for Mena’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical or funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
Victims’ families in such cases would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all facets of the incident and make sure that the negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. The best car accident law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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