Source: Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department, Riverside County Fire Department, news reports and comments on the Orange County Register website.
LAKE ELSINORE, California – Friends of Zachary Butcher, 20, of Lake Forest, who died early Thursday morning in a single vehicle rollover crash on Ortega Highway State Highway 74, are saying the young man was injured, but alive and talking after the crash.
However, they are alleging on internet comment boards that Butcher may have been killed when a second vehicle slammed into the disabled pickup truck, according to published comments on the Orange County Register website.
“The (Toyota) truck never slowed down or hit the breaks even though (driver) Delburt (Parada) tried waving them down and warning them,” said Jessilyn Norman, whose boyfriend Craig Woycheese was a passenger in the pickup truck. “The truck smashed into the side of the truck that had just been rolled, causing the truck to flip back on all 4 wheels.”
Survivors of the wreck told friends that the pickup truck driver Delbert Parada, 21, of Lake Forest was driving under the speed limit and hit a patch of loose gravel causing the back end of the black 2005 Ford F- to spin out of control and hit the side of a mountain wall about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night. The truck reportedly rolled over four times before coming to a stop. Then a second vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Tacoma driven by Jose Balandran of Wildomar, smashed into the wreckage about a minute after the pickup truck crashed, according a news report. Butcher was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash about 12:16 a.m. Thursday morning.
Police investigate every car accident involving a death to determine the cause of a crash, said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Orange County-based Seegmiller Law Firm. In this crash the police have already determined that no alcohol was involved, but further investigation will be required to determine whether the second driver was distracted or if there were any circumstances that may have led to the crash deemed to be illegal or reckless.
“Every car accident takes place under unique circumstances, but a full investigation will ultimately reveal what happened and why it happened,” Seegmiller explains. “Families need answers in order to have closure and only a complete investigation into the circumstances will deliver that answer.”
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