• June 01, 2017

Marissa Garnica, Jessica Giraldo, Gabrielle Constante, Matthew Hodges Killed in Accident near Desert Center, CA

Chino Hills, CA -- A passenger vehicle vs. semi-truck claimed the lives of Marissa Garnica, 20; Jessica Giraldo, 21; Gabrielle Constante, 20, and 30-year-old Matthew Hodges near Desert Center, CA.

The collision happened on Highway 177 around 3:14 p.m.

According to the report, the passenger vehicle occupied by the victims was headed south on 177 when for reasons unclear it collided with the big rig. Four occupants in the vehicle, Ms. Hodges, Ms. Constante, Ms. Giraldo, Ms. Garnica, and Mr. Hodges, were killed in the incident. The driver of the rig, Phillip Barnnett, 55, was left uninjured in the collision.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

map of the area

Commentary

Often police reports are handled in a flawed and fallible manner. Many technical aspects in truck accidents go without scrutiny when left in the hands of ill-equipped, inexperienced police investigators. Now I don't mean to impugn police work. The reality is most police departments lack the resources and the time to investigate truck accidents more methodically.

And the media reports are no better. Media reports amount to less-refined accounts provided by police officials. As you can see, by the time the details provided by the media reach the general public, they are rife with misinformation and distorted facts. Because of this discrepancy, the need for a more exhaustive, scientific investigation becomes vital for victims seeking answers.

--Grossman Law Offices

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