Daniel Gomez Killed, Three Injured in Crash with Semi-Truck in Vernon, CA
Vernon, CA — December 27, 2022, 29-year-old Daniel Gomez died and three people were critically injured in a crash with a semi-truck at a Vernon intersection.
Authorities say the incident happened around 3:40 p.m. at Bandini Boulevard and Bonnie Beach Place. The cause and circumstances of the crash aren't clear yet, but responders reportedly arrived at the scene to find a Ford Mustang trapped beneath a tractor-trailer.
Gomez and the Mustang's three passengers, an adult and two children, were extricated from the vehicle. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene and the passengers were transported to area hospitals.
The accident remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Investigators can't say much yet about how or why this crash occurred, and in the absence of more clear facts it isn't right to speculate. Many things could have contributed to what happened here; some are driver-related mistakes like speeding or disregarding that intersection's signals, while others like slick roads or vehicle malfunctions could have been out of anyone's control. There are many possible variables, but given the terrible damage done it seems that a full investigation is in order.
Having said that, though, I wonder just how much time and care local police will devote to the accident. Limited manpower and resources mean that even major crashes like this one sometimes get too hasty a look from law enforcement and crucial information may slip through the cracks. Clearly that can be a major problem for the people affected. Click below to read more.