Drayden Drake Killed in Denair Crash on Turlock and Oakdale Roads


7-Year-Old Drayden Drake Killed in Merced County Crash on Turlock and Oakdale Roads

7-Year-Old Drayden Drake Killed in Merced County Crash on Turlock and Oakdale Roads

Merced County, California – A 7-year-old Oakland boy identified as Drayden Drake was killed in a traffic crash on Turlock and Oakdale roads near Denair on Sunday night, according to the CHP.

The crash occurred at around 9:20 p.m. August 23, when Tasjuan Drake, 28, of Oakdale, was driving a 2011 Cadillac SUV northbound on Oakdale Road.

The Cadillac collided with a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven eastbound on Turlock Road by Catherine Brehm, 58, of Coulterville.

Drayden Drake was a passenger in the Cadillac. He was rushed to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, where he was pronounced deceased.

Tasjuan Drake and another passenger, Heather Hill, 25, of Oakdale, were both taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries.

Two other children in the SUV, a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, were taken to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with moderate injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

The CHP is conducting an investigation into the crash.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney 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. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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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. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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