Four people died in a two-car collision near Bakersfield after one of the drivers failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle, according to a news report in the Bakersfield Californian. Among those who died in the accident were Alfredo Badillo Guzman, 41; Felipe De J. Granados, 31 ; Almadelia Ramirez, 18, all of Wasco; and a 14-year-old girl teenagers, whose name was not released.
According to California Highway Patrol officials, Ramirez along with two other girls, ages 13 and 14, was driving a Toyota Camry west of West Tulare Avenue. Ramirez ran the stop sign and struck Granados’ Ford pickup truck, which crashed into a power pole.
Ramirez failed to stop at a posted stop sign at the intersection with Wasco Avenue, the CHP said. The 14-year-old girl suffered major injuries in the auto accident.
According to CHP statistics, there were 169 fatalities and 3,890 injuries in traffic accidents in Kern County in 2006. In Bakersfield alone there were 36 fatalities and 1,256 injuries.
My condolences to the families of the deceased. Please keep the injured in your prayers.
According to this news report, initial investigations show that this fatal auto accident was caused by Ramirez, who ran a stop sign and struck Granados’ truck. The Guzman and Granados would be well-advised to consult with a highly skilled and reputable auto accident attorney who can help them investigate the accident and examine if there were any other factors that caused the crash such as another vehicle or a dangerous road condition. An experienced personal injury attorney would also look into whether the stop sign was visible from where Ramirez was entering the intersection.
If it is finally determined that Ramirez caused the California car crash, then the victims’ families are entitled to compensation from Ramirez’s most likely through her auto insurance. If Ramirez did not have insurance or did not have sufficient insurance, then Granados and/or Guzman’s uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage should help compensate them for their injuries and loss.