Margarita Leyva-Alonzo and Gabriel Rufina Killed, Charles Everett Injured in Car Crash in Merced

2 Killed, 2 Injured in Merced Car Accident on Santa Fe Drive near East Avenue


Merced, California (November 6, 2019) – Margarita Leyva-Alonzo, 47, and Gabriel Amaro Rufina, 50, were identified as two people who were killed in a head-on collision in Merced on Thursday morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident happened at about 5:30 a.m., October 24, on Santa Fe Drive near East Avenue.

As per the CHP report, Leyva-Alonzo was driving a Chevy Venture eastbound on Santa Fe Drive when she collided with a westbound Ford Crown Victoria driven by 43-year-old Charles Everett of Sacramento for unknown reasons.

Leyva-Alonzo and Rufina died in the crash.

Everett sustained minor injuries and was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

A passenger in the Chevrolet was seriously injured and was rushed to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The police later arrested Everett on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

No further information concerning the accident was provided.

The police are investigating the accident.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accident victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by the tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice, in this case, helps bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is personally available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.