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Woman Killed in Orange County Freeway Accident


Gladis A. Andrade-Zepeda, 33, of Fontana died in an Orange County auto accident triggered after she dropped her cell phone and crashed her car while she was looking for it. Andrade-Zepeda was driving her Chevrolet Impala on the 405 Freeway in Fountain Valley just north of Bushard Street the morning of February 14, 2009 when she dropped her cell phone and started looking for her. The Impala swerved across lanes and hit the center divider. Our source for this blog is this news report in The Orange County Register.

Soon after the initial crash, Andrade-Zepeda and another passenger got out of the car. Andrade-Zepeda was trying to get another male passenger out of the car when a Chevy Malibu came into the carpool lane and broadsided the Impala. California Highway Patrol officials say that the Malibu was doing regular highway speed and couldn’t stop in time to avoid the crash. Andrade-Zepeda was pronounced dead at the scene.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gladis Andrade-Zepeda for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your prayers. I wish the injured Orange County auto accident victim the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

It is unfortunate that a dropped cell phone apparently caused this series of mishaps that ended tragically. This accident is an important reminder for all of us to keep our eyes on the road at all times, our hands on the steering wheel and our full attention on driving the vehicle. However, if I were a member of Andrade-Zepeda’s family, I would want to know whether the other driver who struck her was negligent at the time of the accident. Initial reports reveal that the driver was traveling at freeway speed and simply could not see Andrade-Zepeda because it was dark.

However, the question remains whether the driver of the Malibu had sufficient time to stop the vehicle before hitting Andrade-Zepeda. As auto accident attorneys who deal with accident cases all the time, we have often seen that initial accident reports turn out in the end to be erroneous. It is important that the victim’s family consult an experienced Fountain Valley personal injury lawyer who would be able to advice them about their legal rights and options.

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