James Dean Hospitalized after Acura MDX and Ford F-350 Crash on Highway 299 near Trinity Dam Boulevard in Trinity County
Lewiston, California (June 18, 2020) – One of the three victims who were injured following a head-on crash on Highway 299, just east of Trinity Dam Boulevard in Lewiston, Friday afternoon has been identified as 55-year-old James Dean of White City.
The accident happened when a 2011 Acura MDX driven by 34-year-old Rosemarie Cantero westbound on Highway 299 allowed it to drift into the eastbound lane. The Acura then crashed head-on with a 2000 Ford F-350 operated by Dean at about 4:41 p.m. on June 12.
Due to the impact, Cantero was pinned inside her vehicle and had to be extricated by medical personnel along with firefighters. The Junction City resident was then rushed to Mercy Medical Center by Trinity County Life Support for the treatment of major injuries.
Officials affirmed that Cantero’s child, 1, was not injured following the mishap.
Dean and his 40-year-old passenger, Jesse Ortega, suffered moderate injuries. Both were also transported to Mercy Medical Center by Trinity County Life Support for further aid.
Meanwhile, all involved victims were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
The accident resulted in the highway closure as police and emergency crews worked to investigate and clear the scene.
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.