Catalina Esteves Dies in Car Crash on Gilman Springs Road in Moreno Valley, Jose Perez Arrested

Christopher Sanchez Injured in Moreno Valley Car Accident on Gilman Springs Road


Moreno Valley, California – A man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter after fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident in Moreno Valley on Monday morning.

The accident happened at about 11 a.m. on Gilman Springs Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

18-year-old Jose Angel Perez was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe westbound through the Badlands on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway when he was involved in a minor-injury two-car accident.

Perez failed to stop and continued driving southbound on Gilman Springs where he lost control of the vehicle and rolled several times on a dirt embankment.

17-year-old Catalina Raquel Esteves of Calimesa who was a passenger in the SUV was ejected from the vehicle. She was rushed to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley where she died while undergoing treatment.

18-year-old Christopher Sanchez of Fontana who was also riding in the SUV was transported to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Perez was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

No additional information was provided.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing

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.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  1. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  5. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  6. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  7. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. 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.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by 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 help 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.