David R Velasquez of Grand Island, NEBRASKA was injured on Monday, February 5th 2018 at 3:25 pm in Lafayette County, Missouri. Velasquez is a 58-year-old man.
The crash happened here: Interstate 70 eastbound at the 49.8 mile marker.
In the crash, Velasquez was a passenger. The police described the crash like this:
—-FATALITY REPORT—-NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED—- TROOP A FATALITY CRASH #5 AND FATALITY #5 OF 2018. CRASH OCCURRED AS VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DRIVEN BY ALFREDO CAPOTE] WAS EASTBOUND ON I-70 IN THE RIGHT LANE. DRIVER 1 LOST CONTROL OF VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DRIVEN BY ALFREDO CAPOTE] AND VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DRIVEN BY ALFREDO CAPOTE] BEGAN TO SLIDE. VEHICLE 1 [THE 1999 DODGE DRIVEN BY ALFREDO CAPOTE] TRAVELLED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROADWAY AND OVERTURNED EJECTING DRIVER 1. DRIVER 1 WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED AT CENTERPOINT MEDICAL CENTER BY DR. JARED SMITH AT 1626. ASSISTED BY SGT. R. B. MCGINNIS /617/ AND TPR M. J. HANRAHAN /1370
Velasquez's injuries were minor. Velasquez was taken by Higginsville EMS to Centerpoint Hospital.
The police said the damage to the 1999 Dodge driven by Alfredo Capote was total. It was removed by Wilkinsons Tow.
How To Get the Highway Patrol Report
Trooper Q L Dinovi of the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote up the report. The highway patrol assigned report number 180073527 to this crash. The highway patrol charges $5.75 for each certified report (certification required for court). But you can call 877-925-1969 to request a free copy of the report. The highway patrol is currently backlogged and they state on their website that you will have to wait 10 days and may have to wait an "extended period of time" beyond that for the report. Further, unless you qualify under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, the report you get will have important and necessary information such as photographs, social security numbers, driver license numbers, names, addresses and telephone numbers redacted or blacked out.
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Velasquez may have an insurance claim. A lawyer will maximize the amount collected from the insurance company. In most cases, injured people can recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, and for their pain and suffering—even if a family member was driving. Getting a lawyer working on this case early will allow Velasquez to receive advice about preserving and gathering evidence and the value of their claim, which will help with the recovery. For more information watch How Insurance Companies Take Advantage of the Little Guy.
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