Evelin Salas Melgoza Identified as Fatality in Suspected DUI Accident in West Covina of Los Angeles County, CA
West Covina, CA (April 30, 2022) – Evelin Salas Melgoza (22) was identified as a fatality in a multi-vehicle crash on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina of Los Angeles County. According to FOX 11, the incident happened at around 12:02 am on Wednesday (April 27).
Evelin Salas Melgoza died in a suspected DUI accident, which caused a vehicle fire.
According to authorities, Melgoza drove a 2019 Nissan Sentra on the no. 1 lane. Then, she stopped her Sentra because of heavy traffic. Another vehicle, a 2007 Ford F-350 driven by Rancho Cucamonga, also stopped in the no. 2 lane. Then, Noe L. Manzanarez (19) drove in his 2002 Toyota Camry at a high and unsafe speed, crashing into the Sentra. The impact also caused another vehicle to collide with the pickup truck.
According to the coroner, as shared on FOX 11, Melgoza died because of “combined effects of blunt force trauma, inhalation of products of combustion, and thermal burns.” Responders pronounced her dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, Manzanarez sustained minor injuries. Also, authorities arrested him for suspected DUI. California Highway Patrol Officer D. Porter shared with FOX 11, “alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision.”
Why Need a Crash Investigation?
Crash investigations are crucial. They can help determine the cause and liability. Motor vehicle crashes are common across the country. These investigations are important because most of the time, the fault is not on victims like Evelin Salas Melgoza.
In addition to crash investigations, trustworthy and competent attorneys are can help uphold the rights of the victim’s family. Fortunately, well-known and experienced auto accident lawyers, such as our team at Jacoby & Meyers, can help protect your rights by guiding every step of the process.
More About Car Accident Liability
Various circumstances of the car crash can pinpoint the liability of damages. In some instances, thorough investigations can reveal careless behavior. This can include the simple act of recklessly turning or cutting in front of another vehicle. In terms of determining who is at fault for an accident, this can be defined by common law. Any Sacramento or Los Angeles car accident lawyer recognizes that fault has four basic levels:
- Recklessness (wanton conduct)
- Intentional misconduct
- Strict liability
However, different state laws can have variations of applicable traffic laws. For example, in some states, multiple drivers can be liable for an accident. This is why thorough investigations are important after a car accident. Having a strong case showing the liability to the at-fault party can help guarantee your compensation. Likewise, a car crash attorney can also help you determine all your options, so you can fully recover from the accident. Learn more about car accident lawyers in California here. You can also check out these resources about wrongful death attorneys and personal injury lawyers.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Los Angeles
Evelin Salas Melgoza’s family members may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition to that, negligence by a person or business can contribute to a crash, which might have resulted in the death of a family member. If that is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim and receive a big settlement.
Indeed, no amount of money will ever make up for the death of a loved one. However, receiving the maximum settlement and winning a judgment can give a sense of justice. Also, it can offer some peace of mind.
Do you have any legal questions about accidents? Get answers and common accident-related legal advice here:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Truck Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
Certainly, nothing can relieve the pain of losing a loved one. However, it’s also important to get your rightful compensation to help with recovery. Getting advice and guidance from experienced personal injury attorneys can help you pursue your case. For instance, Jacoby & Meyers has a team of the best lawyers for any car accident, wrongful death, or motorcycle accident cases in California, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and Sacramento. Consulting a lawyer can help you get insight and information about complicated topics, including car accident settlements and more. If you’d like to get professional advice about your case, give us a call today at 888-960-0480 for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.
Google Map of DUI Car Crash in San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina of Los Angeles County
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Evelin Salas Melgoza.
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