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Fresno, CA – Collision Takes Lives of 8-Year-Old Boy and Father at Marks & North Avenues

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Fresno, CA (May 2, 2021) – Authorities say 7-year-old Jose Castillo Jr and his father, 45-year-old Jose Castillo, were killed after a driver ran a stop sign at an intersection in Fresno. It happened just before 8:00 p.m. on the evening of May 1. 

The driver who struck the pair was identified as Jovan Adam Cortez, 22. He has been booked into jail for driving under the influence as well as vehicular manslaughter. Cortez had his 10-month-old daughter with him at the time of the collision. However, she did not suffer any injuries.

The son and father who lost their lives were in an SUV with the young boy’s twin brother, his mother, and two girls, aged 11 and 4. The 11-year-old girl suffered major injuries in the accident. Her current health condition has not been reported at this time. 

Cortez was also transported to the hospital for the treatment of injuries he sustained in the wreck. He is now in jail with a bond of over $400,000. 

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident. 

Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this tragedy. We hope for the full recovery of the injured victims. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victims at this time. 

Auto Accidents in Fresno

Auto accidents throughout California claim the lives of more than 3,400 people each year. Although the majority of vehicle collisions are preventable, we continue to witness the impacts they have on families throughout our state. In fact, statistics show that more than 80% of accidents occur as a result of another driver’s reckless or negligent actions. The leading causes of crashes in our state include driving while impaired, careless driving, speeding, distracted driving and disregarding traffic control devices. In many cases, families of those killed are left to deal with overwhelming mental and emotional consequences while trying to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward.

As if dealing with overwhelming grief was not enough, numerous families are required to put forth tens of thousands of dollars to cover the funeral costs of their loved ones. When victims are killed in accidents resulting from the negligence of others, it is crucial that their families reach out to a wrongful death attorney in California as soon as possible. Although we understand that no amount of compensation could ever take away a family’s pain and suffering, compensation can help grieving families cover to costs of burial and funeral expenses and alleviate the impact of lost wages moving forward.

With nearly four decades of experience, the California car accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have helped thousands of families hold wrongdoers accountable and get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Being able to focus on moving forward after experiencing a loss is something our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients do. We work hard to help families protect their legal rights and best interests. If your loved one lost their life in a collision, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles at (888) 500-5000 to see how we can help you. Our team is available to meet with you and discuss legal options available to help you recover.

Note: Our team of writers utilizes secondary sources when creating these posts.  These sources include but are not limited to local news reports, police accident reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents in Fresno.  For that reason, the details surrounding the incident have not been independently verified by our team of writers.  If you locate any information that is not correct in our post, please contact our firm right away so that we correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available.  

Disclaimer: Our firm, Torem & Associates, has worked hard to become valued members of the local business community.  We write these posts as a way to bring awareness to the dangers of driving or being a passenger in any type of automobile accident. We hope that through awareness, people will use additional caution when out on the roadways in Fresno and throughout California to prevent being seriously injured in a crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post is meant to be informational and is not intended to be misconstrued as legal or medical advice. The photos used in the post are not representative of the actual accident scene. 


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