Maricopa, California – 63-year-old Pritchard of Bakersfield, has been identified as the man who was killed in a multi-vehicle crash that happened on Thursday afternoon in Maricopa.
The accident happened on Highway 166 near Pentland Road at about 1:43 p.m. May 28, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Prichard was driving a red Chevrolet pickup truck westbound on Highway 166 when, for unknown reasons, he allowed his car to cross into the eastbound lanes and collided with a Freightliner Cascadia driven by Ralph Seeley, of Chandler, Arizona.
The Chevrolet then collided head-on with a Subaru driven by Karen Almas, 63, of San Luis Obispo.
The CHP said Pritchard, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Almas suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken to Kern Medical for treatment.
Seeley was not injured in the crash.
No other information about the accident was provided.
An investigation into the collision 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.
- 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.