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9-Year-Old Killed in Deadly Accident in Stanislaus County

STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA (March 11, 2021) – Wednesday afternoon, Daniel Vega was hurt and Rael Verduczo and Erika Tineo-Verduczo were killed in a crash on I-5.

The accident occurred around 1:00 p.m., on March 3. A box truck driven by 27-year-old Catarino Torres Jr. of Modesto, crashed into the back of a Toyota sedan driven by Vega.

Officers say the Toyota had slowed down and was pulling over due to a flat tire. There, the truck rear-ended the Toyota. Reports indicate that the driver “admitted to reaching for something within his truck and looked away momentarily,” a CHP officer said.

As a result, Daniel Vega and his 4-year-old passenger were injured and taken to a local hospital. Rael Verduczo and 9-year-old Erika Tineo-Verduczo died on scene. Torres remained uninjured.

At this time, authorities have not released further information. Once available, more details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James would like to extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rael Verduczo and Erika Tineo-Verduczo during this tragic time.


Losing a loved one in an accident is always traumatic. It affects all aspects of life for those left behind. At Sweet James, they understand what you and your family are going through and they are here to help. With extensive experience in the legal field, they know what it takes to win your case. They have dealt with a variety of cases including personal injury, wrongful death, and auto accidents. Contact their offices by calling (800) 975-3435 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced legal professional in your area. For your convenience, they are also available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week through email, text message, and online chat.

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