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Woodland: Jorge Mora Arias and Cheryl Ann Fortress Killed in Fiery Collision


At about 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 40-year-old Jorge Mora Arias and 34-year-old Cheryl Ann Fortress were killed in a fiery collision in Woodland. Arias’ Oldsmobile collided with Fortress’ Honda on the northbound Interstate 5 south of County Road 8, the impact causing the Honda to roll onto the Oldsmobile and both vehicles to ignite into flames. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“When a motorist is killed in a crash, the driver determined to be at-fault for the accident may be held civilly liable for the death,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis. “In many cases, the family of the victim will file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss.”

Woodland accounted for none of the 13 fatalities and 103 of the 784 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in crashes that occurred in Yolo County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Traffic collisions claimed the lives of 2,791 people throughout the state in 2010.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Jorge Mora Arias and Cheryl Ann Fortress, the two drivers killed in the fiery collision.

The Sacramento Bee originally reported this Woodland crash.

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