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Thelma Barrios Dies after Alleged DUI Crash on Highway 99 in Sacramento

Thelma Barrios Identified as Person Killed in Fiery Sacramento Car Accident on Northbound Highway 99 near 12th Avenue

Sacramento, California (June 8, 2020) – Thelma Soto Barrios, 30, of Rancho Cordova, has been identified as the woman who was killed in a suspected DUI accident on Sunday morning in Sacramento, according to officials.

At around 2:25 a.m.May 31, the California Highway Patrol responded to the deadly crash on northbound Highway 99 near 12th Avenue.

As per the CHP report, a Kia Niro was driving northbound on Highway 99. The Kia was rear-ended by a Toyota Tundra that was allegedly speeding and was approaching from behind.

The Tundra was reportedly moving from the number 3 lane to the number 2 lane when the collision occurred. The accident caused the Kia to catch fire.

Barrios, who was a passenger in the Kia, was trapped in the burning car. She was declared dead at the scene.

The Kia driver was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with severe burn injuries.

Edgar Mayorga of Sacramento, the driver of the Tundra, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  4. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left. 

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.
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