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Identity of Man Killed in 101 Freeway Accident is Confirmed

Posted on July 3, 2012

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On Sunday, July 1st, a man was killed in a crash on the 101 freeway. Jose A. Ocana Hernandez was finally identified on Tuesday, July 3 at the Marin County Coroner’s Office. He had been driving home on a Sunday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

His 1993 Honda Civic collided into the center barrier of the freeway. It is here where investigators believe that Hernandez may have over-corrected himself, causing him to go across the freeway and to hit a guardrail. His vehicle stopped at a ditch near the guardrail. Police officials are not sure whether Hernandez had been sleepy when he drove or if he had been speeding. Hernandez was declared dead on the scene. Anyone with information about the accident was asked to contact police officers.

Hernandez had finished working his night shift at San Rafael health care facility and headed home around 7 a.m. It was when he was driving home on the northbound side of the 101 highway that he crashed. Driving under the influence was not suspected in this incident. The accident took place around 7:45 a.m. south of the San Antonio Road which is close to the Sonoma county line.

The accident caused both of the 101 northbound lanes to shut down. One lane reopened again less than an hour later at 8:40 a.m. The other lane stayed closed but then was reopened at noon. The crash caused a bit of traffic and for cars to be backed up for about two miles.

We all fear accidents and we all hope for our loved ones safety when they are out on the road. Hernandez’s family must be distraught at the sudden death of their loved relative. An unexpected and grievous accident is never wanted.

While Hernandez’s accident only involved him and his car, other accidents are caused by careless driving. When out in the road, we cannot always be 100% sure if the people around us are being careful, vigilant drivers. Sometimes, texting, talking on the phone, and even eating can easily distract a driver. These distractions are what cause many accidents out in the freeway as well as in the side streets. It is important to be a defensive driver when other people on the road threaten your safety.

Also, if you have been the victim of personal injury involving a car accident, do not hesitate to consult with an attorney today to see what next steps you should take. Or if you have lost someone in a wrongful death accident, do not let the guilty party get away. Unsafe environments and negligent drivers can cause harm to innocent victims; don’t let these people get away. Call a San Francisco car accident attorney today and file a claim to let your voice be heard.

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