14-Year-Old Marissa Cardona Killed in Crash at Mt. Whitney Avenue and Cedar Street
Fresno County, California (March 7, 2022) – Authorities identified the 14-year-old girl who died in a Saturday morning broadside crash near Laton in Fresno County as Marissa Cardona.
The crash also left Leticia Cardona, 40, of Laton, Ashley Engen, 35, of Hanford, and a 15-year-old girl, seriously injured.
The accident happened when a 2020 Lexus sedan ran a stop sign at Mt. Whitney Avenue and Cedar Street and was broadsided by a 2016 Honda Accord at around 7:00 a.m.
According to California Highway Patrol officers, Engen was driving the Lexus north on Cedar when she failed to stop at the stop sign and drove directly into the path of Cardona’s Honda. The Honda struck the Lexus on the passenger side, and both cars went through the chain-link fence of a nearby property into a lot at the northwest corner of the intersection. The Lexus rolled several times and came to a stop on its wheels about 150 feet from the impact scene.
Marissa Cardona, who was a passenger in the Honda, was declared dead at the scene. The girl was a softball player for Central California Dirt Dogs team. Her mother, Leticia Cardona, was taken by ground ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno with serious injuries.
Engen was also taken to the same hospital by ground ambulance with serious injuries. Her daughter and passenger, only identified as a 15-year-old girl, was also airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
An investigation is ongoing.
Traffic Collisions Causing Death in California
The report of a fatal crash is tragic news to the family members of the victim and the society at large. Unfortunately, fatal crashes are common on California roads. The saddening fact is that most traffic collisions are caused by human factors that can be easily avoided.
The common causes of traffic collisions in California include; driving at unsafe speeds, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, failure to yield to the right-of-way, among others.
Who Is Responsible?
In most cases, when a traffic crash happens, one of the drivers involved is responsible. However, other parties may also be held accountable. Such parties may include, the other driver’s employer if that motorist was working at the time of the crash, the local government, or the vehicle manufacturer.
What Follows After a Fatal Collision?
California law allows the immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
The victim’s family can file for damages, including, actual expenses such as medical and burial costs, loss of companionship, lost earnings, and other non-economic damages.
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