A Hanford man was killed in a Los Angeles truck accident on the 5 Freeway in Los Angeles County the morning of May 16, 2009, the Hanford Sentinel reports. California Highway Patrol officials say Robert Herrera was driving north on the 5 Freeway with three passengers in a Dodge Durango truck when he drifted into another lane of traffic and crashed into a semi-truck trailer. Officials say it is not clear why Herrera moved into the other lane without slowing or trying to swerve back before the car collision impact occured. The semi was driving in the fourth lane on the east side of the road when the Durango veered over from the third lane.
The Durango truck crashed into the rear of the trailer and came to a stop near Frazier Mountain Park Road. A passenger in the Durango died after he was pinned in his seat. He has not yet been identified. The driver of the semi truck, however, did not stop at the scene of the car crash and police are still looking for that person. If you have any information, please contact CHP at 661-248-6655.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the man who was killed in this tragic truck accident. My heart also goes out to all those who were personally injured and I wish them the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
There is no question that the big rig driver is in trouble for leaving the scene of a truck crash. California law states that drivers must remain at the scene of the accident and exchange identification, car insurance information and get help for the injured. California Vehicle Code section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
That’s the law even if the accident was not your fault. In this particular case, it is not clear why the Durango truck crashed into the big rig. It may be driver error or mechanical malfunction. The victims and the family of the deceased passenger would be well served to contact experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys, who can help determine the facts of this case and hold the negligent parties accountable. If a product defect is suspected, family members should preserve the Durango and have it examined by an expert for mechanical malfunctions, defects or other evidence.