Two women, identified as Mandalena Maytorena, 32, of Riverside, and Cynthia Kay Barona, 38, were killed in a Riverside County car accident after the red Cadillac CTS in which they were traveling slammed into the back of a box truck. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the crash occurred early morning on June 13, 2012 on the Interstate 15 near Hidden Valley Road in Norco. California Highway Patrol officials said the Cadillac slammed into the back of the truck, which was traveling in the slow lane at 60 mph. On impact, the car became pinned under the truck causing the truck to spin out of control. Both vehicles rolled over. Both Maytorena and Barona died at the scene. The driver of the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Officials are still looking into what caused this tragic accident.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Cynthia Kay Barona and Mandalena Maytorena for their devastating loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Riverside Car Accident Statistics
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 80 injuries occurred as a result of Norco car accidents. During that same year, there were 203 fatalities and 7,974 injuries reported as a result of Riverside County car accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Collision?
Based on this news article, investigators have not yet ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor in the crash. There are still several unanswered questions here. What caused this car versus truck accident? Was excessive speed a factor? Was the driver of the Cadillac fatigued? Who was driving the Cadillac? Was there some type of auto defect or mechanical malfunction in the Cadillac, which may have caused or contributed to the collision? Did the box truck’s driver make a sudden or unsafe movement, which led to this crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
In such cases, families of car accident victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Riverside car accident lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover medical and funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.