24-year-old woman killed, Cally Gregory, 22, injured, taken to hospital, driver Demaria C. Harge, 23, arrested for DUI, after a police pursuit leads to a car rear-ending a pickup at the Ingram Creek/Westley exit off of I-5 in Westley.
Modified Date:Fri, 12/05/2014 - 7:00pm
Accident Date:Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A young woman died and a man was jailed after a suspected DUI accident along Interstate 5 near Westley Thursday afternoon, authorities said. According to the California Highway Patrol, officer J. Peregoy was patrolling Interstate 5 when he got a call regarding a brown Lexus being driven recklessly in the area, possibly with some kind of domestic violence going on inside the car. Pergoy spotted the car heading northbound and began chasing it, activating his lights and siren. He caught up with the Lexus near the Ingram Creek/Westley exit. The car accelerated away from the officer’s car; the driver took the exit. The car came up behind a Dodge Ram stopped at a stop sign at the bottom of the ramp. The car hit the truck, then continued through the intersection, up the onramp and back onto Interstate 5. The driver, later identified as Demaria C. Harge, 23, of Farifield, lost control of the car, which left the road, overturned and came to rest on its right side and roof. The right front passenger in the Lexus, identified only as a 24-year-old woman from Rio Vista, suffered fatal injuries. A passenger in the back of the Lexus, Cally Gregory, 22, of Isleton, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. The two occupants of the Dodge Ram, Lisa Maria O’Banion, 23, and Allegra Sue O’Banion, 18, both of Dos Palos, were not hurt. Harge was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence causing injury or death. He will face other charges, as well, the CHP said. How can a lawyer help with an auto accident claim? First, having a lawyer on your side levels the playing field. The person who caused the accident is required to immediately turn the case over to his or her insurance company. The insurance company uses adjusters and lawyers who are specifically trained to deny or reduce your claim. This may include denying compensation to family members who are entitled to receive benefits for loss of companionship. Learn more here about what a lawyer does in auto accident cases.
Demaria C. Harge
Lisa Maria O’Banion
Allegra Sue O’Banion
County:Stanislaus County, CA