Identities of 12 Injured in Fatal Holtville Crash Released


12 Injured in Holtville Fatal Truck Accident on Highway 115 Identified

12 Injured in Holtville Fatal Truck Accident on Highway 115 Identified

Holtville, California – The identities of the people injured in a crash that left fifteen people dead in Holtville at around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday morning have been released.

The crash occurred on Highway 115 and Norrish Road when a maroon Ford Expedition carrying 25 people was traveling west on Norrish Road. The Ford entered into the path of a big rig truck carrying gravel northbound on Highway 115 and the two collided.

15 people in the Ford were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The injured parties were taken to various hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Rene Zelando, 30, of Nayarit, Mexico, Berti Orozco, 21, of Guatemala City, Guatemala, Zeterina Mendoza, 33, of Guerrero, Mexico, Camilio Rodriguez, 44, of Santa Maria Del Oro, Mexico, suffered major injuries and were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego.

Jose Martinez, 16, of Guerrero, Mexico and Berlin Cardona, 46, of Guatemala City, Guatemala also sustained major injuries and were taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego.

Darlin Liliana Robledo, 20, of Tapachula, Mexico had moderate Injuries and was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center, El Centro.

Avelardo Nava, 18, of Guerrero, Mexico and Manuel Rufino, 39, of Oaxaca, Mexico, were taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital, Brawley with moderate injuries.

Jorge Gutierrez Martinez, 24, and Esteban Montiel, 22, suffered major injuries and were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs. Another 15-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital with major injuries.

The operator of the big rig was not identified but also suffered major injuries.

The authorities are investigating the incident as a human smuggling case.

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.”

“Usually, clients hire me immediately after their first consultation because they quickly figure out that I will treat them like family. I lift a weight off their shoulders immediately. That is my job. We simply leave no stone unturned – period. We go after everyone and everything. There is no other way to ensure justice,” Mr. Khodaverdian states.

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.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is the recipient of numerous accolades including one of the: Top 10 Wrongful Death Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Motor Vehicle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019; Top 10 Truck Accident Settlements in CA in 2019, and Top 10 Motorcycle Accident Settlements in CA in 2019. He is a Berkeley graduate and proud personal injury and wrongful death attorney. He is personally available 24/7 for free, no-obligation consultations and second opinions by calling 800-984-4123. He can also be reached via email using the contact form on this site.