In July 2010, Stephanie Cordoba, Sylvia Garay, and Vanessa Gonzalez were killed in a crash involving a Greyhound bus. The three women were driving along Highway 99 when the driver accidentally overturned the SUV. Despite the fact that multiple drivers had successfully avoided the accident and others had pulled over to help the women in the SUV (and put their emergency blinkers on), a Greyhound bus collided with the still-overturned SUV and bus traveled for more than 400 feet before going off an embankment and hitting a tree.
After a five-week trial in 2015, a jury voted 10-2 that Greyhound did not share responsibility for the crash. However, the families of the three women got another chance at justice when Judge Donald Black and the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno agreed on Tuesday that “the evidence does not support the verdict” that the bus driver did not act negligently.
It came to light during the first trial that the bus driver (James Jewett, who also perished in the crash) was speeding at the time of the accident and was not using his required prescription glasses. Appellate Justices Herbert Levy, Jennifer Detjen, and Donald Franson, Jr. issued a unanimous opinion, which states, “Accepting the bus was traveling more than 65 miles per hour, the record contains evidence supporting the trial court’s conclusion that Greyhound breached its duty of care because Jewett improperly entered and drove in the fast lane of the freeway.”
At Fowler | Heslel | Vogt, we are pleased to have helped the families of the deceased win their appeal, obtain a second, fairer trial, and prove that there is some evidence that may point to Greyhound’s liability in the deadly 2010 crash. We intend to do everything in our power to ensure fair treatment of our clients and fight for justice on their behalf and on behalf of their loved ones whose lives were lost due to Greyhound’s negligence.
We are a personal injury firm located in Fresno and we are dedicated to serving injury victims and their loved ones. While not all personal injury matters involve protracted legal battles, we are prepared to do whatever it takes to help our clients obtain a fair outcome. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you don’t pay us a dime unless we win your case. Contact us right away if you or someone you love has been hurt through the negligence of another person or entity, and we will review your case for free.
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