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Selma CA – One person has died after he was struck by a vehicle

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SELMA, CA – The California Highway Patrol says it is investigating a crash that left one man dead and another in jail. 

About 10:30 p.m. on Friday, the CHP received calls reporting an accident involving a vehicle and a person near Rose and Highland Avenues in Selma.  Epigmeneo Cortez-Pedro was driving east on Rose Avenue when his car drifted into the westbound lane, striking a pedestrian. The pedestrian died as a result of his injuries.

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy found a fluid trail that led them to the car after it continued driving away from the scene.  The suspect was found at his home not far from the crash site.  Using the license plate left at the scene, CHP officers determined he was the driver of the vehicle because he was drunk at the time of the accident.

He was arrested and booked into the Fresno County jail on charges of felony driving under the influence, felony gross vehicular manslaughter, and felony hit-and-run causing great bodily injury.

Selma Pedestrian Collisions

Oftentimes, pedestrians are struck by vehicles operated by negligent drivers. This can include drivers who are distracted, impaired, and generally reckless. Although it is possible to be vigilant in order to protect ourselves and others who are sharing the road, unfortunately, it can never be guaranteed that other motorists are going to take us into consideration while driving. As a result, we see numerous people lose their lives in accidents in California that could have been prevented.

Selma pedestrian accident attorneys at Torem & Associates have extensive experience helping families recover after sustaining injuries or losing loved ones in preventable accidents. Unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death claims are filed in civil court by surviving relatives to recover compensation to alleviate the costs of funeral arrangements, recover lost wages, and obtain compensation for various other economic and non-economic losses.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in California

The unexpected and sudden loss of a family member may be a devastating and tragic experience. Family and friends may be left shocked, angry, and heartbroken. If the loss happened due to the negligence of another person in an auto accident, survivors may be entitled to financial compensation. Negligence can be demonstrated in various forms in traffic crashes. Some of them include speeding, intoxication, distraction, and fatigue. Any careless or reckless behavior carried out while behind the wheel that puts those around you in danger is considered negligence. 

 These accidents often have an overwhelming impact on surviving family members who are left to endure the many challenges of an unexpected loss. When another person’s negligent actions result in the death of an innocent person, it is crucial that the deceased victim’s family contact a wrongful death attorney in Selma as soon as possible. Surviving relatives may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the costs they face moving forward after enduring an unexpected loss.

 If your loved one lost their life in a preventable accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in Selma at your earliest convenience by calling (888) 500-5000 to 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 Selma.  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 Selma 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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