On Wednesday evening at approximately 6:15 p.m, a 49-year-old mother of 5 was killed in a crash that involved three vehicles in Madera County, California. In addition, her daughter and a man were seriously injured and taken to hospitals.
It is believed that the accident was caused by DUI, when another vehicle made an unexpected left turn, clipping the woman’s vehicle and causing her to swerve into oncoming traffic. The woman, identified as Patricia Vargas, hit a trailer truck head on. She was a mother of 5 and grandmother of 4.
According to California Highway Patrol, 33-year-old Miguel Hernandez was driving in his Chrysler 300, going northward on Road 27 and then quickly turned left onto Avenue 17. It’s at this point that Vargas is reported to have swerved away from the Chrysler in her black Nissan Rogue.
Vargas is reported to have lost control of her vehicle, and it traveled east to strike the Ford f-350 tractor trailer in a head on collision. According to The Fresno Bee, the truck was pulling a trailer northbound on Road 27.
Vargas was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man in the passenger’s seat and Vargas’s daughter survived but sustained major injuries. The man was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center. The daughter was driven to Valley Children’s Healthcare by ambulance. According to CHP spokesperson Javier Ruvalcaba, the three were family members.
Patricia Vargas’ family now reports that the pair both came out of ICU and are going to be okay. As reported by ABC30 Fresno, the family members were driving to the grocery store to get a loaf of bread before the incident occured. 
Hernandez, the Chrysler driver, has since been arrested and booked into jail on multiple charges, including a DUI with 3 priors and murder.
CHP is using this opportunity to remind drivers to be safe, as the Super Bowl Sunday game is quickly upcoming. CHP officers are “going to have every available officer out on the roadway,” says Ruvalcaba, “They are going to be looking for aggressive and impaired drivers.”
During last year’s Super Bowl, 5 people were killed and another 105 hurt in alcohol related crashes within California. According to CHP, 229 DUI arrests were made that day.
Ruvalcaba implies that this year will be worse in Madera, as CHP has seen more DUI crashes since January 1 than what is typical for the beginning of the year. He presses on the unpredictability within the county, claiming that most of the deadly crashes in the Madera area are caused by DUI.
As such, the CHP is requesting that people pay attention to drivers on the road who could be driving under the influence.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.