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17-year-old Sarahi Ramirez Killed in DUI Car Crash on Jensen and Marks Avenues in Fresno
Fresno, CA (March 20, 2022) – Fresno high school senior Sarahi Ramirez (17) died after her vehicle was hit by a DUI driver along Jensen and Marks avenues. According to ABC 30, the incident happened at around 8:30 pm on Friday.
The incident involved 25-year-old Michael Medoza, who was driving under the influence when he ran he ran a stop sign and later crashed into the GMC truck that Ramirez (17) was driving.
Though wearing her seatbelt, the t-bone crash’s impact was so intense that Ramirez still suffered critical injuries. She was brought to the Community Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
Sarahi Ramirez was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident but still suffered severe injuries.
On the other hand, Michael Mendoza (25) didn’t have a seatbelt on, causing him to eject from his vehicle. Mendoza was confirmed to be driving under the influence and was arrested for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. He is expected to transfer into the Fresno County Jail after receiving medical care at the hospital.
Mike Salas of the CHP said to ABC 30, “It proves the fact that drinking and driving causes some definite horrific, tragic incidents such as this – a young life lost.”
Family and friends of Ramirez placed flowers as well as candles at the scene of the accident to mourn her death. In fact, she was months away from graduating from the W.E.B. DuBois Public Charter School in Fresno.
Why Need a Crash Investigation?
Crash investigations are crucial. They can help determine the cause and liability. Motor vehicle accidents are common across the country. These investigations are important because most of the time, the fault is not on victims like Sarahi Ramirez.
In addition to crash investigations, trustworthy and competent attorneys are crucial to 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.
Personal Injury (Wrongful Death) Claims in Fresno
Sarahi Ramirez’s family members may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. They can seek damages for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress following a catastrophic accident such as this tragic incident.
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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Certainly, nothing can alleviate 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, Fresno, 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.
Jacoby & Meyers does not represent any of the above-mentioned parties. Nevertheless, we express our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of Sarahi Ramirez.
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