Melina Salcedo Killed in Okanogan Dui Crash, Jose Orozco Arrested
Okanogan, WA (July 6, 2020) – On Friday, 18-year-old Melina Salcedo was killed in a DUI crash on Mock Road in Okanogan County.
Meanwhile, Jose Orozco, 22, faces charges of DUI, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, as well as possession of felony drugs.
Orozco was driving eastbound on State Route 20 with Salcedo as his passenger, at the same time, another car was heading westbound. It swerved to avoid Orozco’s car but was struck the two cars collided head-on.
Both cars came to rest in the westbound lane.
Authorities pronounced Salcedo dead at the scene while they rushed Orozco to Central Washington Hospital.
Moreover, authorities said that neither Orozco nor Salcedo were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Meanwhile, the driver and two passengers of the other car wore seatbelts. The 73-year-old driver and a 19-year-old passenger were not injured. A second passenger, 46-year-old Danny Shiflett was injured and transported to Mid Valley Hospital.
We at Sweet Lawyers express our since condolences to the family and friends of Milena Salcedo. Our thoughts are with you during this painful time.
How to Deal With Wrongful Death
It is clear now more than ever that one person’s negligence can have devastating effects on other individuals. This is quite common in accidents that result in death.
It is crucial that the family of the victim becomes aware that they have the authority to file a wrongful death suit.
A wrongful death suit allows families to hold parties liable for the irrevocable damages they have caused.
“I think the misconception is that when a loved one passes away, the insurance company and the defendant will automatically admit liability and offer all of the funds available.”
“Insurance companies will try to save money, even if it means not fully compensating a family for the wrongful death of a loved one. When a family retains an attorney immediately, it gives the family time to grieve their loss, and their attorney can start focusing on holding the negligent party accountable,” says Tyler Toomey, a seasoned attorney at Sweet Lawyers.
Let our team fight for you, achieve the compensation and justice that is owed. With over 40 years of expertise in the legal field, we have dealt with different cases including wrongful deaths. Focus on grieving your loved one, and we will take care of the rest. Call us at (800) 674 7852 to arrange your free legal consultation. For your convenience, we are also available through email, textmessages, and online live chat.