A 23 year old man, named Jerome De La Cruz Castro, was killed today in a tragic car accident in Simi Valley on Highway 118. The crash occurred a little after five in the morning today when Castro, according to the Ventura County Star, lost control of his car, possibly due to rain, hit a guard rail on the 118 freeway and came to a stop in the far left lane.
Apparently, Mr. Castro got out of the car and was standing near it when another vehicle, driven by a woman who has not yet been identified, struck Castro’s car, causing his car to hit Castro and kill him. The California Highway Patrol said the crash occurred on the westbound 118 freeway, east of Keuhner Drive. This area of freeway has a curve and goes downhill.
It was not reported whether the woman sustained any injuries in this Simi Valley car accident. We wish our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Jerome De La Cruz Castro, who lived in North Hollywood, California. We also feel that Mr. Castro’s family should hire an experienced California wrongful death lawyer to examine the facts of this situation and determine if there is any liability for wrongful death damages. There may be a claim against the insurance of the woman who struck Castro’s vehicle, if it can be determined that she did something wrong, such as driving too fast for the conditions, or texting and not paying attention to the road.
There may also be a potential government claim if there was a faulty road design. In the case of liability against a government entity, the family needs to make a government claim within six months of the date of the accident. If the family misses the six months deadline, exceptions can be made if the claim is made within one year.
Due to different time deadlines and the need for immediate investigation, the family should hire the Simi Valley wrongful death lawyer now. Our office handles wrongful death accident claims all over California, including Simi Valley. We are very experienced injury and wrongful death lawyers and obtained over $1,000,000 for the family of a recent wrongful death victim. We offer a free consultation to the family of anyone killed in such an accident and we can be reached any time at 818-222-3400.