Shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 35-year-old Noel Camacho, of Stockton, was killed and 29-year-old Maria Pineda, also of Stockton, was seriously injured in a head-on crash in Grass Valley. While traveling southbound on Highway 49 in a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, 18-year-old Tyler Gevas veered into the oncoming traffic of the opposing lane near Brewer Road, colliding with the 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Camacho was driving. Paramedics pronounced Camacho dead at the scene and transported Pineda and a one-year-old child, both passengers in the Tahoe, to the hospital. Gevas was also taken to a hospital to receive treatment for moderate injury. Authorities believe driver fatigue may have been a factor in the crash and are investigating.
“When vehicle occupants are seriously or fatally injured in an accident, the negligent driver may be held liable for the expense of their recovery or of the loss suffered by the victims’ families,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Nevada County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 590 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compared the incidence of fatal and injury collisions that occurred in Nevada County to that of 58 other California counties and ranked it 31st for safety; 1st place is the worst ranking possible.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Noel Camacho, the man killed in the head-on collision. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Maria Pineda, the woman who was seriously injured.
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