10-Year-Old Colusa Boy Dies in Sutter County Car Accident on Highway 20 near South Tarke Road; Tony Kesterson Arrested
Sutter County, California (April 21, 2020) – A two-vehicle crash in Sutter County has claimed a life of a 10-year-old boy from Colusa Sunday evening, authorities said.
The fatal crash took place at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 on Highway 20 near South Tarke Road.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, Tony Kesterson, 29, of Colusa, was driving a Ford Fusion eastbound on Highway 20 when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a concrete wall on the westbound side near South Tarke Road.
A Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveling at around 50 mph in the westbound lane, braked but was unable to avoid a collision. The CHP said the truck struck the right rear end of the Ford.
The truck and the Ford sedan sustained major damage following the crash.
A 10-year-old Colusa boy, who was riding as a passenger in the sedan, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His name was withheld pending notification of the family.
According to the CHP, the sole occupant and driver of the Toyota was not injured in the crash.
Kesterson sustained serious injuries, including a broken spine. He was found to be driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
According to reports, Kesterson was arrested on Monday and booked into the Sutter County jail on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter with gross neglect.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.
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.