An El Monte woman who was killed in a two-car crash in Covina has been identified as 44-year-old Maribel Gonzalez. According to a news report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Gonzalez was a passenger in a Mitsubishi Lancer that collided with a Mazda truck the evening of January 23, 2009. The Los Angeles County auto accident occurred on Rowland Street at 2nd Avenue. Gonzalez was pronounced dead on the scene from blunt force trauma. The driver of the Lancer, a 47-year-old Covina man, suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Mazda truck was not injured.
Some witnesses told police officials that the Lancer was being driven west on Rowland Street at a high rate of speed with no headlights on. The first police officer on scene apparently found the truck still in the intersection and the Lancer on the northwest curb and sidewalk. Officials have not said whether drugs or alcohol played a part in this deadly Los Angeles auto crash.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Maribel Gonzalez. Please keep them in your prayers.
I trust police will investigate this fatal auto accident further. I would not jump to any conclusion although initial eyewitness reports indicate that the Lancer was speeding without headlights on. As a Southern California auto accident attorney, who has represented clients over the last three decades, I know that preliminary investigations and determinations may sometimes be way off.
There are many different reasons why auto accidents occur. Often times, they occur because of an intoxicated or otherwise negligent driver. They may occur because of a dangerous or hazardous roadway or street intersection. Such street intersection collisions may also occur because of a mechanical malfunction or a product defect in the vehicle or vehicles involved.
Maribel Gonzalez’s family would be well-advised to consult a knowledgeable Southern California auto accident attorney who will help identify negligent parties and hold them responsible for the tragic accident. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims will be entitled to file wrongful death claims, which will compensate families for medical/funeral expenses, loss of wages pain and suffering.