One man died and four Fresno State football players were injured after their car veered off Highway 99 in Selma and rolled over. Terren Hall, 18, the only one who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, died in the crash after he was ejected from the 1998 Ford during the rollover crash. According to an article posted on the local ABC News Web site, investigators are looking into whether the driver lost control of the vehicle because a big-rig may have cut him off.
Those injured were the driver Jermaine C. Thomas, 19, of Duarte; Isian Green, 18, Sharrod Davis, 22 and Terrance Dennis, 19 – all football players from Cal State Fresno, the Fresno Bee newspaper reports. Thomas was reportedly the one who told investigators that the big-rig cut him off and sent him careening off the roadway.
The four injured players were treated in an area hospital and did not suffer life-threatening injuries. It could’ve been a deadly crash, but the four players clearly escaped because they were wearing their seatbelts. The one who was ejected and died reportedly was not wearing his seatbelt and investigators say it was the crucial act of buckling up that saved the players’ lives in this deadly crash.
If you saw this accident occur or have more information, please call us. If this big-rig driver is to blame for this fatal crash, the trucking company may be liable for wrongful death, injuries or loss in this accident. This accident, despite the tragic loss of a young life, reinforces the fact that seatbelts save lives.
The families of the accident victims might be well-advised to hire an auto accident attorneywho can help conduct an independent and thorough investigation of this case and help determine what really happened and who is to blame. Information from accident witnesses would no doubt help facilitate that process and give these families the answers they deserve.