Lupe Ortiz Among 2 Victims Killed in Chico Big Rig Crash on Highway 99 near Neal Road
Chico, California (June 12, 2020) – The Butte County Coroner's Office has identified the two victims who were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle accident that left five other people nursing injuries on Wednesday night in Chico.
The deadly crash happened at about 12:45 p.m., on June 10, at the intersection of Highway 99 and Neal Road.
As per the CHP report, a 2019 Freightliner, operated by Jobanjit Singh, 22, of Sacramento, was traveling northbound on Highway 99 when it failed to stop at the intersection and rear-ended a 2015 Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord then collided with four other cars, including a 1995 Honda Civic, a 1994 Buick, a 2004 Honda Odyssey, and a 2019 Chevrolet, according to the officials.
The Freightliner reportedly came to a rest near the southbound lanes of the intersection and caught fire that started a small brush fire that the first responders contained, according to the authorities.
Lupe Ortiz, 55, and David Sims, 55, both of Los Molinos, sustained fatal injuries from the mishap. They were in the Honda Accord.
Singh and four other patients were taken to Enloe Medical Center with minor injuries.
Highway of 99 between Southgate Lane and Durham Pentz Road was closed for an unknown period following the collision.
Intoxication was not suspected of having played a role in the accident.
The crash remains under investigation.
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.
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.