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Death On The Freeway

Posted on July 23, 2012

Interstate 110 and State Route 110 (California)

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Freeways are the arteries of major metropolitan areas. They connect America’s commuters and roadways. Unfortunately, freeways are also extremely dangerous. Many people die in car accidents that are mostly caused by negligence.

Two construction workers were killed on the 405 Freeway in Torrance early Sunday when vehicles driven by two suspected drunk drivers collided, sending an SUV spinning into a group of freeway workers.

The vehicles were traveling along a marked construction zone on the northbound side of the freeway near Artesia Boulevard when the driver of the first vehicle, a Ford Explorer, hit a Lexus SUV about 3:35 a.m. The Lexus spun and hit the workers, who were in the far right lane of the freeway.

The two construction workers were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified as 56-year-old Ramon Lopez, of Chino Hills, and 58-year-old Ricardo Zamora, of Winchester, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

A third construction worker was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as “minor to moderate,” authorities said.

The men were employed by contractors for the California Department of Transportation, Conley said.

The driver of the Explorer, identified as 23-year-old Yocio Gomez, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The driver of the Lexus, identified as Stephen Caserta, 43, was arrested later Sunday morning on the same charge.

The incident occurred along a mile-and-a-half stretch of freeway partially closed for construction. The vehicles were traveling in the lane closest to the carpool lane, which were the only two lanes open at the time.

The section of freeway between Crenshaw and Artesia boulevards was shut down for several hours, causing major delays.

If you notice construction on the freeways, be sure to slow down or adjust your speed accordingly. More importantly, don’t drink and drive.

If you or someone you love were the victim of a car accident or the victim of some other type of negligence, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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