Felipe De La Cruz Injured in Los Banos Car Accident on Highway 152 near Highway 33
Los Banos, California (January 16, 2020) – One of the persons injured after a fatal Los Banos big rig collision has been identified as 29-year-old Felipe De La Cruz, of Santa Clara on Tuesday evening in Los Banos, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The deadly collision was reported a while after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, on Highway 152, just west of Highway 33.
Authorities said a 40-year-old man was traveling westbound on Highway 152 in a 2006 Volkswagen on the number one lane at an unknown speed when he allowed his car to cross over the median. The Volkswagen then spun over and entered eastbound lanes of Highway 152 and it was hit by a 2009 Freightliner big rig. Tiem Lam Phu, 59, of Los Angeles, the semi-truck operator, was hauling a trailer in the number two lane.
The impact ejected the Volkswagen driver while the semi-truck continued driving south off the roadway crashing into an exit sign and a barbed-wire fence.
Felipe De La Cruz Hurt in Los Banos Crash
The Volkswagen then spun into the median before bursting into flames. The Volkwagen’s front axle was detached and thrown into the westbound lanes of Highway 152 and was struck by a 2015 Nissan driven by Felipe De La Cruz.
The Volkswagen driver suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the crash site. The name of the driver was not immediately released awaiting notification of next of kin.
Phu was taken to Modesto Memorial Medical Center with severe injuries while Cruz was transported to Los Banos Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
What Causes Truck Crashes
Road truck operators are obliged by law to maintain a safe distance with the car ahead of them. Most of the traffic collisions happen when motorists make unsafe left turns. The California Vehicle Code 21801 requires motorists turning left or making a complete U-turn upon a highway or turning left into a private or public property or an alley should yield the right-of-way to all cars oncoming from the opposite way that are close enough to cause risk at any time during the turning movement.
Where to Get Help after Traffic Crash
It is unfortunate that thousands of people are hurt in traffic collision across California every year. The negligent motorists cause most of these accidents. Over speeding, driving under the influence, driving while using a cell phone, driving while tired; and violating traffic laws are avoidable factors.
According to P. Mark Shayani, an experienced personal injury attorney and managing attorney at Pacific Attorney Group, it is important to conduct a separate and independent investigation to determine the cause of the crash. Mark said that an attorney is needed to look for witnesses, conduct background checks and review applicable insurance coverage.
Awaiting the results of the investigation, the family of Tiem Phu may be entitled to a personal injury claim.
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