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Costa Mesa, CA – Jose Olguin Killed in Crash on Interstate 55

Costa Mesa, CA – (December 6, 2018) — Police are investigating a deadly accident that killed 48-year-old Jose Olguin on Interstate 55 Tuesday night in Costa Mesa. The accident took place on December 4th just before 6 pm.

According to investigators, Bernardo Alvarez Zalpa was behind the wheel of a 2002 Honda Accord, traveling on Interstate 55 when he was seen cutting across all southbound lanes of the freeway before violently striking a 2017 Mini Cooper. The force of the impact caused the Honda to crash into Olguin’s 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV, causing it to flip over onto its side. Per the initial report, Zalpa fled the scene and continued to drive his Honda down the freeway before he exited on Victoria Street. Emergency crews rushed to the crash site where they discovered Olguin suffered fatal injuries upon impact of the collision. Local residents witnessed his damaged vehicle and suspected he was in a serious accident. They alerted authorities and he was arrested around 8 pm in a parking lot near Vanguard Way and Georgetown Lane. Zalpa is being held at the Orange County Central Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. His bail was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 6th. The driver of the Mini Cooper, a 41-year-old from San Clemente, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

As of now, this accident is under investigation.

Our most heartfelt sympathies are with the loved ones of Jose Olguin. We cannot begin to understand the heartbreak they are feeling as they grieve the sudden loss of their loved one. We wish them strength as they get through these trying times.

Multi-Vehicle Accidents in California

We are shocked and saddened to have learned about this tragic accident. According to California Law, motorists that are involved in traffic accidents, especially when an injury is involved, must remain at the scene until authorities arrive. To flee the scene of the accident is considered cowardly and can result in some hefty criminal charges. In this case, the driver has been charged with suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Once police have concluded their investigation, the loved ones of the deceased victim may be legally entitled to file a claim against the negligent party.

If your loved one was fatally injured in a traffic accident that was preventable, it is highly recommended that you contact a wrongful death attorney to represent you in court. You’ve already been through enough. At the Brady Law Group, we have a highly skilled team of attorneys that will fight to ensure justice is served. Call us today at (866) 211-2562 for a free consultation.

 Note: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified by our own writing staff. If you have identified any false information in the story, please inform us immediately, and we will adjust the posting to reflect the most accurate content available.

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Brady Law Group strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that, through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident.


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