BARSTOW, California (May 17, 2013) – Marlene Donahue, 81, was killed Thursday afternoon in a rollover car crash on the westbound Interstate 40 freeway just west of mile marker 44.5, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.
About 3:20 p.m., CHP officers responded to a 911 call about the traffic collision involving a single vehicle that had veered off the highway and overturned. Donahue was the right front seat passenger in the 2007 Lexus RX350 and was critically injured in the crash. Paramedics transported Donahue by Mercy Air ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center where she died more than an hour later at 5:22 p.m.
The CHP is investigating the crash to determine what exactly happened.
Donahue is a retired teacher who lived in Murphys, California, a small town of about 2,200 people in Calaveras County near San Francisco, California.
“Most drivers carry car insurance not only because it is required under California law, but also because they want anyone who is injured in their vehicle to be taken care of in the event they are injured or killed,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Insurance companies, in turn, do not want injured victims to hire an attorney because studies have shown that victims represented by a lawyer recover 3.5 times more than those who deal directly with an insurance adjuster.”
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