Jose Valdivia Castellanos, 23, of Rialto was killed in an Anaheim car accident the morning of April 18, 2009, The Orange County Register reports. Castellanos was struck by a truck and killed on the Harbor Boulevard off-ramp of the southbound 5 Freeway as he was trying to change a tire on his disabled vehicle. Castellanos died of his injuries. Authorities have not released the name of the truck driver pending an investigation.
My heart goes out to the family of young Jose Valdivia Castellanos for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Castellanos. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 30 fatal traffic accidents and 2,006 traffic accidents involving injuries in Anaheim. During the same year, in all of Orange County, 178 deaths and 14,185 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents.
In this case, the news report does not have too many details about how or why the driver of the truck did not see Jose Valdivia Castellanos, who was changing his car tire at the time of the fatal car accident. Was the driver of the truck distracted at the time? Was he or she under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the car crash? There are many questions here that need to be answered in order to determine who or what was responsible for Castellanos’ tragic death. And Castellanos’ family members deserve the answers to these questions.
The family of Jose Valdivia Castellanos would be well-advised to consult with experienced Orange County car accident attorneys, who will look into the facts of this case and determine who should be held accountable. If the truck driver was at fault or under the influence, he or she should be held both civilly and criminally responsible for this fatal Anaheim car accident. If the driver of the truck was on the job or was running an errand for someone at the time of the crash, then his or her employer or the person he or she was running an errand for, could also be held liable. Skilled Orange County personal injury attorneys will be able to look at these and other factors that may be involved in this accident and help hold the negligent parties accountable.