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Sofia Prieto and Jose Prieto Victims in Coachella Car Crash

2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Crash

Sofi Prieto Dies and Jose Prieto Car CrashCOACHELLA (May 17, 2019) – A man and a woman died and another man suffered critical injuries in two-vehicle car accident in Coachella on Friday, May 17th.

The victims in the collision have been identified as 75-year-old Jose Prieto and 74-year-old Sofia Prieto, of Coachella.

Police report that Jose Prieto and Sofia Prieto’s were in a Ford truck that collided with another vehicle at Grapefruit Boulevard and Mitchell Drive along Highway 111.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but sadly pronounced Jose Prieto dead upon arrival. Sofia Prieto was transported to a died at a nearby hospital. A man in the other vehicle suffered major injuries and he remains hospitalized, in critical condition.

Crash Investigation

Police suspect that the collision may have been caused by street racing. Estevan Jesus Donato, 27, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter early Saturday. Jesus Donato posted bail.  Jail records indicate that his arraignment is on July 16, 2019, and he is expected in court.

Once authorities have completed their investigation, a police report will be available.

Coachella Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers

The family of Sofia Prieto may be entitled to a wrongful death claim, and the other injured victims may also have a right to seek compensation for damages which may include medical expenses, future medical care, loss of income, and emotional trauma.

“Losing a loved one is a loss that is immeasurable. Not only is it a deeply emotional loss, but also an economic one. It is important that the family takes immediate steps to protect their legal rights following a loss,” said Candice Bond, Managing Partner of Bond Sanchez-Gordon. “We protect the victims of these tragedies daily, forcing insurance companies and those held accountable responsible. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families at this time.”


Candice Bond, who was interviewed for this article, is a Managing Partner at Bond Sanchez-Gordon. If you would like to contact Bond Sanchez-Gordon for legal guidance and counseling, call 800-471-0314.



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