A crash occurred on Highway 46 in Cholame near the "Y" intersection on March 23, leaving one dead and three with serious injuries. At 6:30 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer was getting ready to make a left turn onto Highway 46 eastbound when a 2000 Toyota Sienna approached from a westbound lane. The driver of the Lancer failed to see the other and pulled out directly in its path.
The collision caused the passenger of the Lancer's left back seat, a woman whose identity has not been revealed, to be ejected from the vehicle. She was thrown onto the road and died at the scene. The other three passengers in the Lancer sustained major injuries and were sent to Sierra Vista Hospital. None of the occupants in the Toyota minivan, seven in all, were injured.
California Highway Patrol and firefighters were on the scene. Traffic had to be diverted from the crash site, but none of the lanes were closed. Shortly after 9 a.m., the accident scene was cleared. CHP is investigating the crash but has stated that drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be factors.
The roadway where the crash occurred has long been known as "Blood Alley," seeing three times more fatalities than the state's average. The state is funding a multimillion-dollar roadway fix for it.
Someone who has been injured in a car accident through no fault of their own may have grounds for a personal injury claim. However, they may want a lawyer to evaluate their case before filing. The lawyer could assist with negotiations and, if necessary, litigation.