Maria Aguerralde Fatal, Two Others Injured in Kings County DUI Crash
Kings County, CA (August 6, 2023) – Maria Aguerralde (82) succumbed to her injuries after a Kings County DUI crash. Two people also incurred injuries from the collision. According to Your Central Valley, the police were alerted around 11:30 am on Sunday.
A Kings County DUI crash caused one fatality and two other injured victims.
The California Highway Patrol Hanford Office responded to a fatal DUI crash on Highway 198, west of 27th Avenue in Kings County, resulting in one fatality and two injured victims.
According to investigators, Mariano Najar Martinez, 65 years old from Huron, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Highway 198 at approximately 70 to 80 miles per hour.
At the same time, Maria Aguerralde, 82 years old from Huron, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet S-10 eastbound on Highway 198 at approximately 55 miles per hour.
The officers determined that Najar Martinez was driving under the influence when he made a left turn, driving his vehicle in the opposite direction in the eastbound lanes towards the S-10, resulting in a collision.
Najar Martinez was placed under arrest and was then transferred to a local trauma hospital via Skylife for treatment of his injuries.
Unfortunately, Maria Aguerralde died at the accident scene.
On the other hand, her passenger, 53-year-old Julia Mendoza of Huron, was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Traffic responders and investigators remained on the scene of the crash for over three hours to examine and clean up the debris.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the California Highway Patrol’s Hanford Office at (559) 582-0231.
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More About Car Accident Liability
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Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Kings County
In this case, the family members of Maria Aguerralde in this Kings County DUI crash can have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. However, it can depend on the investigation’s findings. In addition, negligence by a person or business can contribute to an accident, 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.
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Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the parties mentioned above. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Maria Aguerralde.
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