Madera County: Elisabed Lucerito Matamoro-Luna Killed, Several Seriously Injured in Crash


At about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 21-year-old Elisabed Lucero Matamoro-Luna was killed and several others were injured in a crash in Madera County. While traveling southbound on Road 29 in a Cadillac, 32-year-old George Gonzalez Jr. ran a stop sign at Avenue 7 and struck a Honda, the impact causing it to rollover in a vineyard. Matamoro-Luna was ejected from the Honda and suffered fatal trauma. One-month-old Manual Rocha III and a 2-year-old passenger in the Honda sustained serious injuries, while Leo Bardo Pastor, a 16-year-old passenger, and the driver, 23-year-old Manuel Rocha Jr., suffered moderate trauma. Gonzalez sustained moderate injuries. Emergency responders transported the injured to area hospitals.

“When vehicle occupants are seriously hurt in a crash, they may hold the negligent driver liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “If an accident victim’s injuries prove fatal, his or her family may file a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss.”

Throughout Madera County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 21 motor vehicle occupants and injured another 872 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The state’s incidence of traffic fatalities decreased by 11.9 percent, from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,715 in 2010—the lowest level recorded since 1975.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Elisabed Lucerito Matamoro-Luna, the woman killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Manuel Rocha Jr., Manuel Rocha III, and the 2-year-old girl who was seriously injured, as well as to George Gonzalez, Jr.

The Fresno Bee originally reported this Madera County collision.

Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 1-888-834 5055.

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