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Kern County: Driver Fell Asleep, Caused Crash that Killed Horacio Cabrera, Injured Four Others


At about 5 a.m. on Monday, July 30th, a driver fell asleep at the wheel and caused the crash that killed 40-year-old Horacio Cabrera and injured his four passengers in Kern County. While traveling northbound on Highway 184 in a Lexus, 21-year-old Jovanna Salgado fell asleep and veered into the opposing lane of traffic, colliding head-on with the minivan Cabrera was driving. He suffered fatal trauma. Four of the five passengers in the van, Saul Gomez, Antonio Solares, Johnathan Alonso, and Modesto Dominguez, sustained injuries.

“When a driver causes a fatal crash, he or she may be held liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current accident statistics indicate that 4,721 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in Kern County in 2010. Kern County ranked 41st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal crashes; 1st place is the worst ranking the OTS can give a county.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Horacio Cabrera, the man killed in the crash caused by the driver who fell asleep. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Saul Gomez, Antonio Solares, Johnathan Alonso, and Modesto Dominguez, the four passengers who were injured. originally reported this Kern County collision.

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific case with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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