Oxnard, California – 41-year-old Maria Perez Ortiz of Oxnard has been identified as the woman who was killed in a traffic accident at an intersection in Oxnard on Saturday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened at around 7:55 a.m. June 6, at the intersection of Rice Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard.
A 2000 Lexus SUV driven by 33-year-old Lake Forest woman allegedly failed to stop at a red light and slammed into the rear of a stopped 2017 Nissan SUV.
The impact of the collision sent the Lexus off the roadway while the Nissan ended up in the center median.
Ortiz, who was a passenger in the Nissan, was killed in the crash.
The driver of the Nissan, a 14-year-old Oxnard boy, was rushed to Ventura County Medical Center with serious injuries.
The Lexus driver was also taken to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries. She was later arrested for driving under the influence.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
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.