According to the California Highway Patrol, three people were killed by a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Caruthers on Aug. 28. Investigators claim the accident was caused by an Apria Healthcare truck that drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Floral and Elm. A witness at the scene told officers that the Apria truck was headed westbound on Floral when it ran the stop sign and smashed into a minivan.
Police say the initial impact spun the minivan around until it collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche, which then crashed into a Nissan Cube. Three occupants inside the minivan were killed almost instantly by the impact of the collision. The only surviving occupant from the minivan had been ejected from the vehicle during the collision. The witness said he tried to console the man until emergency crews arrived. Three occupants inside the Nissan were brought to the hospital to receive medical treatment for their injuries.
Investigators discovered beer cans on the road nearby the Chevrolet. Police are still attempting to determine if that's what compelled the only occupant inside the Avalanche to run away from the scene after the incident occurred. Police were more concerned for the welfare of the driver as blood was discovered inside the vehicle. Police spent the night searching for him. The Apria driver who caused the wreck did not suffer any injuries and was not charged with any crime. However, he could face manslaughter charges once the investigation is completed.
Surviving family members of victims killed in trucking accidents may be due some degree of restitution by filing a wrongful death claim. The plaintiffs may be due compensation to help offset medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses as well as other damages related to the death. In order to obtain any restitution, lawyers may need to prove that the driver or employer is culpable for causing the car accident.
Source: KFSN, "Triple fatal crash near the Fresno County town of Caruthers ", Rick Montanez, August 28, 2014
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