The California Highway Patrol reported that at around 9 p.m. on Sept. 28, an allegedly intoxicated driver of a pickup truck ran a stop sign at Englehart and Dinuba avenues near Reedley, striking the left side of a car that was traveling west on Dinuba Avenue with four people in it. The truck rolled over into a vacant building and ejected a male passenger before coming to a stop.

The accident caused major head lacerations to the 23-year-old driver of the sedan, and a 22-year-old passenger suffered a broken neck, which paralyzed him. A teenage passenger in the car suffered moderate internal injuries and lacerations, and a 20-year-old passenger suffered only minor injuries.

All four men in the car were wearing their safety belts at the time of the accident, but the passenger in the truck was not. The Reedley Fire Department pronounced the truck’s passenger dead at the scene.

After a car crash like this, investigators will submit a completed accident report stating who they believe is at fault for the wreck. Depending on the circumstances, the liable driver may even be cited or criminally charged for causing the collision.

Any people injured in the accident may be able to file a civil claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. This compensation could include medical bills, pain and suffering, vehicle damage expenses and loss of income. In the event a victim is permanently injured, he or she might be recompensed for ongoing medical expenses and lost future earning capacity.

Source: The Reedley Exponent, “Fatal crash paralyzes local man”, October 02, 2014