Marissa Pendleton Injured in Fatal Multi-Car Crash on Monday Morning in Santa Rosa


Sebastopol Woman Marissa Pendleton Injured in Deadly Santa Rosa Crash on Highway 12 

Sebastopol Woman Marissa Pendleton Injured in Deadly Santa Rosa Crash on Highway 12

Santa Rosa, California – Marissa Pendleton was one of the drivers injured in a fatal Santa Rosa accident that left one person dead on Highway 12, just west of Merced Avenue Monday morning, according to authorities.

George A. Palma, 32, of Sebastopol was reportedly heading east in a Toyota Matrix when he moved into the westbound side of Highway 12 and collided with an oncoming Ford transit van driven by 26-year-old David Cortez of Santa Rosa.

CHP said the crash took place at around 8:23 a.m. January 4.

Cortez’s van then collided with an Acura RDX driven by Marissa Pendleton, 20, of Sebastopol, while Palma’s Toyota crashed into a Chevrolet box van driven by Kazuhiro Hayashida, 24, of Santa Rosa.

Palma died at the scene. 

Pendleton sustained minor injuries in the accident but did not need to be transported to a hospital.

Cortez and Hayashida, who suffered moderate and major injuries respectively, were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The CHP is investigating the incident.

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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