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Passenger Killed in Portola Valley Party Bus Accident

According to recent reports, a male passenger was killed following a tragic one vehicle bus accident that occurred in Portola Valley at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Monday August 12, 2013. The devastating accident occurred on northbound I-280 near the Alpine Road exit. California Highway Patrol investigators have indicated that the party bus was traveling with one passenger when it veered off the road and struck a tree.

California Highway Patrol responders located the party bus that was a converted Chevrolet Express 3500 van. A male passenger in the front seat was found and pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office has not yet released the identity of the victim. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim and his family.

Investigators were not able to initially locate the driver who had fled the scene of the accident. California Highway Patrol investigators determined that the party bus was registered to San Francisco based entity Maximo Limo Party Bus. The party bus owner may be held liable for the negligence of its driver if it failed to comply with applicable safety regulations and ensure that its driver was fit to safely operate the bus.

Several hours after the initial crash a moderately injured man was located nearby in the vicinity of the fatal accident. Police confirmed that the male suspect was the driver of the bus. Police arrested 43-year-old Jason Quinones on suspicion of drunk driving, manslaughter and hit-and-run. Sadly, driver intoxication is a common and entirely preventable cause of fatal and severe bus accidents.

The experienced legal team at Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP is committed to helping victims of bus accidents and their families. Our dedicated bus accident lawyers fight for innocent victims of all type of bus accidents including military, metro,tour and school bus accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bus accident call the office Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP today for a free consultation. Our compassionate attorneys will help explain your rights. All bus accident victims and their families deserve an experienced bus accident attorney to fight for them.