Orange, CA (August 26, 2020) – The woman who died in a traffic accident on Eastern Transportation Corridor (CA-241) on Sunday evening, August 23rd, has now been identified by authorities. The fatal crash took place near East Santiago Canyon Road in Orange at around 6:40 p.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 52-year-old Michelle Stanford, of Indio, was driving a Toyota Sequoia SUV northbound when she collided with a northbound Nissan Versa. The impact of the collision forced the Sequoia to roll into the center divider and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene a short time later.

Stanford was pronounced deceased at the crash site and three passengers were transported to area hospitals. Two male passengers sustained only minor injuries, and one female passenger suffered major injuries during the crash. The driver of the Nissan, identified only as a 53-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries.

Authorities with the CHP are actively investigating the events that led to this incident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Michelle Stanford at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of their full recovery.

Fatal Car Accidents in Orange

Orange, CA – Update: Michelle Stanford Killed in Crash on CA-241 Near E Santiago Canyon Rd

In 2015, authorities reported on thousands of serious collisions that ultimately claimed the lives of 3,176 people all over the state of California. Throughout Orange County, around 162 sudden deaths were reported to officials following the numerous traffic accidents that occurred. Many serious car wrecks that have contributed to the statewide fatality rate were reported as fatal car accidents in Orange, as well as all other areas across Orange County. Research shows that many cities in Orange County see a much higher number of fatal accidents than others, however, just about every collision involving a reckless, criminal, or blatantly inattentive motorist tends to result in devastation.

Serious collisions throughout California are most commonly caused by such reckless and serious actions as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted driving. While there are other actions that contribute to sudden accidents, all serious injuries leave victims and their loved ones with the high costs of recovery. The expenses that follow not only the initial hospitalization of a victim but the continued medical care on top of lost wages as well, can be overwhelming. In many cases, injuries are serious enough to ensure that a victim has to go through years of physical therapy and other costly treatments in an attempt to feel normal again.

A severe car accident can have life-altering effects for all those involved. Our capable and compassionate Costa Mesa car accident attorneys at Beckerman Anderson recognize the overwhelming nature of a sudden collision, and we are devoted to representing those who have unfairly suffered by no fault of their own. If you have been injured or suffered the loss of a family member due to the actions of a negligent party in the Riverside area, please don’t hesitate to contact our Orange County car accident or wrongful death attorneys today at (949) 474-2254.

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