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Tow Truck Struck, One Dead - 10.18.20 (CA)


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One dead after driver suspected of DUI crashes vehicle into back of tow truck


A suspected DUI driver smashed into the back of a tow truck on north state Route 125 early Sunday, killing his female passenger, officials said.


California Highway Officials told OnScene TV that the tow truck had just pulled off to help a disabled motorist when the crash happened near Interstate 8 about 12:40 a.m.


The passenger side of the truck that crashed took the brunt of the damage. The victim was not identified, and no one else was seriously injured.


The truck driver was arrested and is facing felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with the crash.




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Nicole Erin Buquet is killed after fatal crash in La Mesa


Alpine woman dies in two-vehicle collision on Interstate-8


LA MESA, CA, (October 18, 2020) - Nicole Erin Buquet, 37, of Alpine, was killed early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a tow truck on Interstate-8 in La Mesa, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner's office.


Buquet was a front-seat passenger in a truck traveling northbound on CA-125. As the driver of the car approached the Interstate-8 interchange, he veered onto the right shoulder and crashed into a stationary flatbed tow truck.

First responders pronounced Buquet dead at the scene.


During its investigation, the CHP will try to determine what caused the crash that took Ms. Buquet’s life.

As part of the probe, a forensic examination of both vehicles will be performed. In addition, photos of the scene will also be utilized to help investigators determine which party is ultimately at fault, whether comparative liability is assigned, or whether a third party is responsible for a malfunction or mechanical error.

Several factors can play a role in accidents, including but not limited to impairment, reckless driving, distracted driving, road conditions, and speeding. Candice Bond, an experienced accident attorney, said that in cases such as this it is imperative to have an independent investigation conducted by a seasoned lawyer as soon as possible to preserve evidence.

“An attorney can collect the proper evidence to help prove that a driver’s actions were reckless, which requires a variety of resources,” said Bond, Managing Partner of Bond Legal and national analyst for The Legal Advocate. “In addition to the diligent work of law enforcement, an attorney can re-interview important witnesses, analyze any surveillance video from the scene of the crash, and obtain phone and texting records of the liable party. Serving as an advocate, an attorney can help compassionately guide a family who has lost a loved one during this difficult time, protecting their rights.’’


Pending the investigation, the family of Nicole Erin Buquet may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. Family members of wrongful death victims may seek damages for loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional distress following a tragic or catastrophic accident such as this tragic incident.

“The stress and sorrow can be extremely overwhelming after losing a loved one in an accident,” said Stefano Formica, Of Counsel with Bond Legal. “We understand just what families are forced to go through, and having their rights protected is vital. A wrongful death lawyer will stay updated on the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected."


If you or a family member have been involved in this incident or a situation similar to this article and would like to speak to our national legal analysts Candice Bond or Stefano Formica free of charge, please use the contact information found on this page

(Candice Bond, Managing Partner, and Stefano Formica, Of Counsel, at Bond Legal, are the national legal analysts for The Legal Advocate. The Legal Advocate can and does use quotes from prior interviews with our analysts for our news articles. If you would like to contact Bond Legal to help you, please call 866-599-0297 or use the submission box found on this page. Legal analysts quoted may or may not be licensed in your state).



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I've seen these written statements hundreds of times where wrongful-death attorney's provide comments before an official investigation in the case is completed.  While the CHP's MAIT accident investigation team is one of the best in the US, there's no rocket-science in not knowing that the woman was killed by the carrier's deck striking her seated torso based on the impact damage and the removed passenger-side door. 

How Sad.          R.

Randall C. Resch

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