Gustine, California – A 26-year-old man was killed in a collision involving two vehicles on Wednesday afternoon in Gustine, the police said.
The deadly accident happened at around 4:22 p.m. April 22, on Highway 33 near Sullivan Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Lisa Chaves of San Jose was driving a 1996 Acura Integra northbound on Highway 33 with a 26-year-old San Jose man in the front passenger seat.
For unknown reasons, Chaves made a left turn onto Sullivan Road in front of a passing 2017 Nissan Sentra driven by 25-year-old Luis Cruz of Santa Nella.
The Sentra crashed into the passenger side door of the Integra, killing the male passenger.
Chavez was transported by ambulance to Los Banos Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
Cruz was unhurt.
All parties were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
The CHP is investigating the cause of the crash.
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.