Luke Mancebo ID'd as Teen Killed in Merced County Truck Crash on Flower Street near Bradbury Road
Merced County, California (May 19, 2020) - Luke Mancebo, 15, of Turlock, has been identified as the 15-year-old boy who was killed in a truck accident on Sunday afternoon northwest of Delhi in Merced County, according to the Merced County Coroner's Office.
At about 4:30 p.m., on May 17, the police responded to the deadly crash at the intersection of Bradbury Road and East Clausen Road.
Mancebo was driving a 2002 Yamaha Trail motorcycle when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection. He was struck by a 2010 Kenworth semi-truck that was approaching, said the police.
The intersection has two posted stop signs on Clausen and Flower Street, but none on Bradbury, said the California Highway Patrol.
Mancebo succumbed to his injuries at the crash site.
The truck driver, Jonathan Calderon, 28, of Turlock, was uninjured. Calderon stopped and cooperated with the police.
Drugs or alcohol were not suspected factors in the crash.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
“Far too many motorcycle collisions are caused by the carelessness or recklessness of other motorists. Sadly, when this occurs, motorcyclists are the ones who tend to suffer the vast majority of injuries”, according to Arin Khodaverdian, Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group. Under California’s rule of comparative negligence, a victim may be able to collect compensation for injuries and other damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident.
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.