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Aide Bustamante Dies after 2-Vehicle Crash on 5 Freeway in Downey

Aide Bustamante Among 2 Killed in Downey Car Crash on 5 Freeway near Paramount Boulevard

Downey, California (May 25, 2020) – Aide Bustamante, 32, of Huntington Beach, has been identified as one of the two victims who were killed on Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision in Downey, police said.

The authorities responded to the fatal accident on Santa Ana (5) Freeway off-ramp, north of Paramount Boulevard, at about 2:30 p.m., on May 23.

A southbound Fiat 500, for unknown reasons, swerved right and crashed into the back of a Nissan Sentra. Due to the impact, the Nissan drifted down an embankment and crashed into a tree, said the police.

Bustamante, who was the driver of the Nissan, and his female passenger died at the scene.

Cash Rencanzone, of Peoria, Arizona, the Fiat driver, fled the scene on foot. The police arrested Rencanzone with the help of a witness who ran after the suspect.

Intoxication was not believed to have played a role in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the accident is urged to contact the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs office at 562-868-0503.

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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