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Bus Accident Kills Three in Davis

A horrific bus accident occurred on July 12, 2012 at approximately 2:45 p.m in Yolo County. The tragic accident occurred on County Road 102 near the intersection of Pole Line Road in Davis, California. According to published reports, a Ford F-250 pickup truck collided with a United Cerebral Palsy ("UCP") transport bus. The truck was driven by 52-year-old Jeffrey Richard Rivas who reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic and struck the bus head-on. Mr. Rivas died at the scene of the accident.
Two of the passengers on the UCP bus were also killed in this tragic accident. A spokesperson from Mercy San Juan Hospital indicated that Laura Sue Weiderholt died the following day from her injuries. The Yolo County Coroner's Office confirmed that 35-year-old Sara Rae Johnson of Davis was also killed in the accident. Families who have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one in a bus accident deserve compassionate representation by an experienced California bus accident attorney who will fight on their behalf.
The rest of the UCP bus passengers that survived the accident suffered gruesome injuries. Barbara Starnes was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital suffering from various abrasions. Several of the victims were transported to Kaiser Permanente Hospital facilities. Maria Arce was airlifted to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in South Sacramento. She reportedly was suffering from contusions to her entire body. Leo Jimenez and Rhonda Letbetter were both transported to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville suffering from severe injuries.
The driver of the UCP bus was 35-year-old Luz Torres of Sacramento. She was transported to U.C Davis Medical center and is reportedly in critical condition. Another victim, 24-year-old Nicole Tabarez, was transported to Sutter Hospital in Davis. She was suffering from abdominal contusions but was released after receiving treatment. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families.
Some common causes of bus accidents in California include: hazardous road conditions, bus driver negligence, mistakes by other drivers, defective parts and maintenance issues. Victims of traumatic bus accidents need an experienced bus accident lawyer to investigate the cause of the accident and defend their rights. If you or a loved were involved in a traumatic bus accident call the experienced bus accident lawyers of Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP for a free consultation.