At around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19th, 40-year-old Jason Andrew Shetler committed suicide by driving his Nissan pickup truck into oncoming traffic on State Route 140 in Atwater. The truck collided head-on with a semi, the impact ejecting Shetler from the vehicle and causing the semi to flip on its side, skid across the road, and strike a Ford Taurus, explains a California injury lawyer. While the driver of the semi, 40-year-old Arestides Fontes, only suffered minor injuries, the driver of the Taurus, 53-year-old Yolanda Charlton, was critically injured, sustaining a broken neck and pelvis and a ruptured colon. Paramedics transported her to a nearby hospital. A suicide note was found in Shetler’s truck.
Atwater accounted for 66 of the 1,166 injury collisions and 1 of the 51 fatal collisions that occurred in Merced County in 2008, according to the California Highway Patrol. Statewide, there were a total of 452,595 traffic accidents, 3,113 of which were fatal and 170,496 resulting in injuries. Speed was indicated as the Primary Collision Factor in 28.4% of these accidents.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish Yolanda Charlton, the woman critically injured in Tuesday’s accident, a full recovery.
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