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Tyler Wilkinson, 17, of Long Beach died in a fatal Santa Clara County rollover accident after the Jeep Wrangler he was riding in crashed into a vehicle trying to merge onto Highway 152 near Dunne Street. According to this news report, the auto accident occurred when 28-year-old Erika Neves of San Jose merged onto the freeway from the shoulder where she had parked.

The driver of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler tried to avoid Neves’ 2005 Mazda sedan, but ended up striking the back of the Mazda, which spun around and came to rest on the right shoulder. The Jeep continued up the freeway shoulder and up an embankment before rolling over and landing on its wheels. Tyler, who was the right front passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was an unidentified juvenile and was uninjured. The driver’s father, 60-year-old Manual Madula, who was also a passenger in the Jeep, suffered head and chest injuries. Neves suffered minor cuts to her face and arm.

My heart goes out to the family of the teenager, Tyler Wilkinson. I offer my condolences to the family for their terrible loss.
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The driver of a car suffered injuries in a California rollover accident after a Riggs ambulance, that was trying to merge on to the fast lane on Highway 99, collided with a Nissan Altima. Shadi Ahmad, 29, of Modesto was transported to an area hospital, according an article in the Merced Sun-Star. The accident reportedly occurred near the R Street exit near Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Both Riggs employees, 32-year-old Gilliam Maduena who was driving and another passenger, were not injured.

California Highway Patrol officials said both vehicles were traveling at 65 mph and rolled over after the collision. Fortunately, the ambulance was not carrying patients and was not on its way to a call. It is also fortunate that this California auto accident did not result in major injuries or fatalities. Considering the speed at which the vehicles were traveling and the impact of the collision, this accident could’ve been a lot worse.

This article reports that the ambulance wasn’t carrying patients or wasn’t on its way to a call. But if the employees were returning from a call back to their workplace or if they were getting back after dropping off a patient, they would still be considered “on the job.” The report also says the victim, Ahmad, suffered “minor injuries.” I’d urge Ahmad to get a thorough medical checkup to make sure he has not suffered any internal injuries or other types of spinal, back or neck injuries, which may not be immediately apparent after an auto accident.
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A Chico woman escaped possible major injuries or death in a Chevrolet Suburban rollover accident because she was wearing her seat belt, California Highway Patrol officials said. According to an article in the Paradise Post, Delina Morgan Johnson lost control of her 1500 Chevrolet Suburban four-wheel drive vehicle off the east side of Skyway near Rocky Bluff after her dog tripped a drink over in the center console.

The Suburban rolled over, but Johnson was wearing her seat belt. Because of that, officials say, she was able to crawl out of her vehicle and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

This SUV rollover accident offers clear evidence of what safety experts have been saying for years. Seat belts save lives. Johnson may not have been alive had she not been buckled up. She could’ve been ejected from the vehicle and suffered major injuries or even fatal injuries. She is also very fortunate because had her car rolled in a different direction, she may have landed on large lava rocks. In that case, it could have been a fatal rollover accident.

I’m relieved that she wasn’t badly injured and I wish her well.
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A Merced man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after two people died in a van rollover accident on the Highway 99 in Ripon. According to an article in the Modesto Bee, 21-year-old Ambrosio Martinez was driving a 1999 Chevy Astro van without a license. Martinez reportedly attempted to cross over from the middle lane to the Jack Tone exit when he collided with a tractor-trailer.

The van hit the big-rig , turned on its side and began to roll. Two people, Garbriela Santiago, 20, and Melicio S. Calisto, 26, who were passengers in the van died. Four others, including the driver, have major injuries. Three van passengers — Arellano Ramirez, 27; Luisa J. Garcia, 27; and Agapito Peralta, 21 – suffered severe head trauma, California Highway Patrol officials said. Officials also say six of the van’s occupants were not buckled up. One passenger, Eusebio M. Lopez, 33, of Merced, was reportedly wearing a seatbelt and was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Jose L. Ramirez, 34, of Lemoore, who was driving the big-rig, was uninjured.

I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed in this horrible accident. I’d be curious to know if the people in this van were headed to work, were van-pooling or if they were part of a community group. It is regrettable that most of the passengers were not buckled up. The fact that the one passenger who wore his seatbelt escaped with a scratch shows that seat belts do save lives. That passenger, Lopez, should however get checked out in the hospital to make sure he hasn’t suffered any internal injuries as a result of the RIpon van rollover accident.
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