19-year-old Ronald Cole died in a serious multiple vehicle wreck that occurred on February 22, 2012, around 9 p.m. on Highway 74 (SR-74) east of Lake Elsinore. According to the authorities, Cole and his passengers were headed west in a 2004 Honda Civic on Highway 74 in the unincorporated Meadowbrook area when Cole, for unknown reasons, crossed into oncoming traffic.
The driver of another 2004 Civic tried to steer out of the way but the two cars collided head on. The other Civic, driven by 23-year-old Cody Testi, of Riverside, spun across the westbound lanes and came to rest on the shoulder. A Chrysler 300 that was behind Testi’s Civic and the Pathfinder struck debris from the initial crash.
Cole was immediately transported to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his fatal injuries.
Both the passengers, 19-year-old Sydni Adame and 19-year-old Josh Webb, suffered major injuries and were immediately transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The Chrysler driver, 58-year-old Zina Harris sustained minor bruises and scratches and was treated at local hospital.
From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this traffic collision occurred. Was there a loss of control? Was one of the drivers distracted or speeding?
At this time, the victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County car accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. If Cole was negligently driving or even under the influence, then he may be legally required to compensate the victim’s family funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated earnings, loss of love, care and companionship, and other related damages.
Our law office sends sincere condolences to the victim’s family members. We also hope and pray that the injuries suffered by the victims heal soon.
Ross Jurewitz represents people injured in Riverside County multiple vehicle collisions and is the managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a California personal injury law firm dedicated to representing families of people injured or killed in car accidents. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in a car accident in Lake Elsinore area due to a negligent driver, please order your free copy of the The Ultimate California Car Accident Book. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it is free to all California residents.
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