San Jose, California – One person was killed in a suspected DUI multi-vehicle collision that happened early Sunday morning in San Jose.
The fatal car crash happened at the intersection of Almaden Expressway and Branham Lane at about 12:13 a.m. May 3.
The California Highway Patrol said a 2006 Nissan Murano driven by a 32-year-old man was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway.
At the same time, a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon was traveling westbound on Branham Lane across the intersection. The Nissan is reported to have run a red light and struck the Hyundai.
The impact of the collision caused the Hyundai to hit a passing Tesla.
The unidentified male driver of the Hyundai was killed in the accident.
The driver of the Nissan was seriously injured in the accident and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.
The driver of the Tesla was unhurt.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.