Search for missing Winters teen after accident –

Winter accident occurs when pickup crashes into Putah Creek

An accident near Vacaville on July 3 occurred when a pick-up truck carrying two teenagers returning from a The quinceañera celebration the night before left the causeway and ended up at Putah Creek in Winters. Solano County Sheriff’s Office Deputies received the call about the crash just after midnight near Canal Lane near Lake Solano County Park.

One teenager found while the other is still missing

When officers arrived, they spotted a red Retrieve which was submerged in the creek. An injured young man was found about 70 meters downstream from where the van entered the water after the crash. He told the police that his friend had not got out of the truck. The teenager who was on the creek side was identified as Julio Vasquez.

Massive search for teenager missing after winter accident

Firefighters from the Vacaville Fire Protection District attempted to gain access to the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The dive team with the sheriff’s office arrived at the scene to conduct a search while deputies searched along the shore. When the dive team reached the pickup, they found no one inside. That same morning, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office joined in the search for the missing teen, identified as Eduardo Fierrosgraduated from Winters High School this year. Family, friends and volunteers came to the site on Monday to help with the search and vigilance.

A cell phone app tracked teenagers in real time

Fierros had shared a real-time cell phone app with others showing their locations and arrival and departure times. The app showed the vehicle heading west along Putah Creek Road towards Pleasants Valley Road. The vehicle reached this point and then turned around to return to Winters. While traveling east along Putah Creek Road, the van left the roadway, hit a tree and entered the creek.

Changed search to recovery operation

The search for Fierros has turned into a search and recovery operation, authorities say. This operation was to be suspended if nothing else was found.

File a wrongful death claim

If the loss of a loved one occurred because the driver was negligent, the family has the right to claim damages. Although filing an application wrongful death cannot ease the grief you are feeling, it can help cover funeral and burial costs and other losses. When your child dies as a result of an act of neglect by someone else, the family may be able to recover the following:

  • The cost of funeral and burial may be recovered.
  • If the offspring worked, the family can recoup the loss of their potential future earnings until they reach retirement age.
  • The family may be able to recover compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, and love that the deceased provided.

Use insurance to recover damage caused by an accident

When Californians choose to purchase auto insurance, they always have the option of purchasing an add-on policy that covers uninsured/underinsured Drivers. This policy can be used to recover damages when someone dies as a result of a collision. This insurance can be used if the responsible party did not have insurance or did not have enough to cover the damage. Your own uninsured/underinsured policy may provide additional coverage if the indemnity is not sufficient to cover the damage. Use of the uninsured/underinsured policy does not affect future premiums.

Personal injury lawyers in Vacaville

I am Ed Smitha Vacaville personal injury lawyer. When you have lost a loved one to a negligent driver, you may want to inquire about filing a wrongful death claim. You can contact us at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice. You can also reach us on line.

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