At about 11:47 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14th, 20-year-old Zachary Butcher was killed in a rollover truck accident in Lake Elsinore. While traveling on Ortega Highway, 21-year-old Delbert Parada lost control of the Ford F150 while negotiating a curve near Decker Canyon Road. He overcorrected, sending the vehicle up an embankment and then rolling back down, where it came to a stop blocking both lanes of the highway and was struck by a Toyota Tacoma. Butcher was killed in the crash, while Parada and two other passengers where injured. Authorities are investigating the accident but do not believe alcohol was a factor.
“The formal investigation into a collision resulting in death or injury can take several weeks,” explained an auto accident lawyer in Orange County. “This can present challenges to gathering details about the accident for the family of the victim.”
Lake Elsinore accounted for 2 of the 172 fatalities and 202 of the 10,963 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents in Riverside County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings. Cities that place 1st are considered to have the worst records. That year, Lake Elsinore ranked 64th out of 103 cities for fatal and injury crashes.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Zachary Butcher, the passenger who was killed in the rollover truck accident yesterday.
The Orange County Register originally reported this fatal crash.
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