Samantha Renteria of Costa Mesa Killed in Highway 74 Collision [Perris, CA]

Samantha Renteria of Costa Mesa Killed in Highway 74 Collision [Perris, CA]

Drivers Killed in Head-On Crash West of Seventh Street

Perris, CA (August 22, 2023) – On Sunday, Samantha Renteria, 23, of Costa Mesa and a 20-year-old Lake Elsinore man, were killed in a Highway 74 collision.

The fatal collision took place at 11:30 p.m. west of Seventh Street.

According to officer Mike Lassig, Renteria was westbound on the freeway in her 2021 Nissan Sentra while the other driver was eastbound in his 2008 Honda CRV. Both of them were traveling at unconfirmed speeds.

“For unknown reasons at this time, the driver of the Honda allowed it to travel across painted double yellow lines,” Lassig said. “The Honda entered westbound traffic and collided head-on with the Nissan. Both vehicles came to rest on their wheels, blocking lanes.”

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics responded to the crash scene within 10 minutes and declared Samantha Renteria and the Lake Elsinore man, dead.

The authorities said they are still investigating the collision and it was unclear if the inclement weather during that day played a part in the deadly accident.


We at Sweet Lawyers would like to send our sympathies to the bereaved of Samantha Renteria and the 20-year-old Lake Elsinore man who died in this accident. May you find courage during this difficult time.


What Can the Bereaved of Samantha Renteria Do?

Wrongful death is defined as a person or business that is liable for the death of an innocent person.

Wrongful death can be a result of homicide, transportation accidents, medical malpractice, exposure to toxic substances, product malfunctions, pedestrian collisions, police brutality, and any other instance caused by the wrongdoing of another.

Moreover, economic and non-economic damages are taken into consideration when looking into a wrongful death claim. These can include high medical bills, loss of benefits, funeral services costs, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of companionship, and much more. Wrongful death lawsuits are sometimes combined with a “survival action” case.

A wrongful death claim focuses on the damages of the deceased’s family members.

Know More About Wrongful Death Claim

With a wrongful death case, there is a time limit on when family members can take legal action. These restrictions are called the statute of limitations and only allow you to file a wrongful death lawsuit within a certain amount of time. When these expire, the legal claim is no longer valid and the family cannot file a lawsuit. It is important to know and understand these time limitations, as they vary from state to state and case to case.

In the state of California, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two (2) years of the death of the victim. With wrongful death from medical malpractice, the statute of limitations will be either three (3) years from the date of the fatal injury or one (1) year from the date the victim discovered their injury.

Speak to the wrongful death attorneys at Sweet Lawyers to discover if your case is still within the statute of limitations, and what your next step should be.

Our hotline is (800) 674 7852.

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