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Patterson Head-On Collision Leaves Three Dead, One Seriously Injured


Monica Martinez, 27, and her 3-year-old son, Eloy Bahena, both of Westley, died in a fiery two-car accident in Patterson on Highway 33. According to an article in the Patterson Irrigator, Martinez and Eloy were two of three people who died when Martinez’s 2003 Mazda6 was struck head-on by a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer. The Blazer, driven by Patterson, California farm worker, Mario Saldivar, reportedly drifted across a solid double-yellow line southbound on Highway 33 south of Rogers Road, causing the head-on collision. Saldivar also died.

Maximo Virgen, a 43-year-old Patterson man, who was a passenger in the Blazer was the sole survivor of the accident. He is said to be in the hospital in serious condition with major injuries.

My heart goes out to the young victims of this California auto accident. My deepest condolences to their respective families and friends.

Officials however seem to have established that the accident was Saldivar’s fault. He reportedly drifted over the solid double yellow line and caused the head-on collision. But why did that occur? Such head-on collisions could happen because of driver error, an exhausted driver who fell asleep at the wheel or a distracted driver.

It could also occur because of a mechanical malfunction in the vehicle, in this case, the Blazer. It also happens some times because of an auto product defect or an inherent design defect in the vehicle. The Chevrolet Blazer has a history of design defects.

The families of the deceased victims and the injured Blazer passenger would be well-advised to retain the services of a California personal injury lawyer, who has the knowledge and experience to conduct a detailed investigation and pinpoint who or what was responsible for the crash.

A California auto accident attorney will look into all aspects of a crash and analyze all possibilities from dangerous road condition to debris on the highway to mechanical failures to phantom vehicles.

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