It always seems like a holiday never goes by without a tragic accident on our Kentucky roadways that results in a fatality. This time, it happened on Thanksgiving Day. Jose Fernando Navarro Menza, 26, of Harrodsburg was driving a 2000 Dodge Neon through the intersection of U.S. 127 and U.S. 68 in Harrodsburg when Michael Strunk ran a red light in his 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee and crashed into the Menza vehicle according to the investigating police department. It happened at around 4:25 p.m.
The injuries Menza sustained from the wreck were fatal. Additionally, three children and 21 year-old Elena Francisco-Pascual, who were in the Menza vehicle, were injured and required hospital treatment. Our sympathies and condolences go out to the Menza family and friends. We also hope that the injuries to the others are not serious and for quick recoveries.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered here for the sake of the Menza family. While it appears obvious that the other driver is at-fault for the accident, it is often important to look at potential factors for the serious injuries that led to a death other than driver error. Looking at factors such as faulty mechanics, defects in manufacturing, crashworthiness and careless repair or maintenance are just a few. Also, a prime question to ask is whether the at-fault driver had just left an establishment where he was drinking and possibly over served. Oftentimes, it is necessary to hire a lawyer experienced in handling these types of cases in order to see to it that a proper and complete investigation is performed, evidence is preserved and the victim’s rights are protected.
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