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Fresno, CA – Police: 16-year-old dies in rollover crash

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FRESNO, CA – Authorities say a juvenile who was ejected from a car in a suspected DUI incident died early on Sunday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the single-vehicle collision on Elkhorn Avenue, west of Jameson Avenue, was reported to them just before 5:30 a.m.Four passengers were inside a silver Toyota Tacoma that was going west on Elkhorn Avenue when it failed to round a corner, according to police. Speed may have played a role in the accident.

They claim that the Tacoma rolled multiple times when it ran off the road, which is how the unrestrained 16-year-old was launched from the car. According to investigators, the Tacoma and the teenager both came to rest on Elkhorn Avenue’s dirt shoulder.

After receiving life-saving aid, the emergency personnel reported that they were unable to revive the young person. At the scene, the teen was declared dead.

The other three passengers allegedly suffered minor injuries but declined medical attention.

According to police, the 26-year-old Tacoma driver was detained and placed into the Fresno County Prison on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter.

The teenager’s name hasn’t been made public yet because their family hasn’t been informed.

Fatal Traffic Collision Lawyers in California

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.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Fresno

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 the costs of burial and funeral expenses and alleviate the impact of lost wages moving forward.

With nearly four decades of experience, the Fresno 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 Fresno 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.  

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