Emilio Zaragoza Dies in Crash

construction worker killed in collision

[San Diego, CA] – Emilio Zaragoza Passes Away After Accident on Highway 94 and Avocado Avenue 

Emilio Zaragoza Struck and Killed in Spring Valley Accident on Highway 94 

November 22, 2020 – Emilio Zaragoza, age 41, was killed on Tuesday morning around 12:30 A.M. Moreover, the construction worker died in an accident on Highway 94 and Avocado Avenue. 
  
According to CHP Officer Travis Garrow, the Granite Construction  employee was on foot. Furthermore, he was working in an active construction zone in the No. 2 lane.  

Also, this area had been closed off to traffic due to the large equipment being used by crews conducting roadway maintenance. 
  
Subsequently, investigators revealed that a 24-year-old woman from El Cajon was driving a Mitsubishi on eastbound SR-94. Also, this was near the construction zone.  

Further, construction workers had added that the No. 1 lane remained open to traffic, with speed reduced to 45 mph. 
  
Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, the woman swerved to the right and went into the No. 2 lane into the construction zone. As a result, she crashed head on into the victim and killed him. 
  
Afterward, Granite Construction said that they “are deeply saddened to report Zaragoza’s death”. 
  
Furthermore, they went on to say that “Emilio was a skilled laborer on our Northern Los Angeles team. We will be conducting a thorough investigation to hopefully learn the events and conditions that led to this unfortunate accident. Our focus right now is on Emilio’s family, our employees, and their families.”  
  
Meanwhile, the driver of the Mitsubishi stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. 
  
Likewise, the accident will remain under active investigation. Still, the authorities have no reason to suspect that drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision at this time. 
  
In the aftermath, the authorities closed Highway 94 at Avocado Boulevard for about seven hours to conduct the investigation. 

Construction Work is Not Without Dangers  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 6,882,000 people are employed in the construction industry. Conclusively, this accounts for 4% of total employment in the U.S. 

However, in 2017, the last year that statistics were kept, there were approximately 937 construction deaths. Also, that accounted for 21% of all worker deaths. 

There are several situations in which you can lose control of your car. Always drive safely, your life is important! 

Here are 4 common driving tips for losing control behind the wheel: 

·      Brake Failure 

Imagine that you are trying to slow down or stop your car. However, a car in front of you is stopped. 

Next, imagine the moment you brake, and nothing happens. More than likely, it is because the car has lost its brake fluid. Another possibility is, too much wear and tear on the brakes. 

If your vehicle has a manual transmission, a great way to slow yourself is by downshifting.  Use caution, you can damage your transmission if you end up skipping gears.  

For example, downshifting from 4th gear directly to 1st gear. 

Unfortunately, it is a little more difficult to stop without brakes using an automatic gear system.   

Although, it does not work as well as it does with an automatic transmission. 

First, you will need to shift to a lower the gear. Then, you will need to apply the emergency brake. Finally, the car will slowly come to halt. 

·      Accidental Acceleration 

Sometimes, a car can take off like a rocket. It is not common; however, it does happen.  

When it does happen, it is often due to manufacture’s defect. 

For an out-of-control car, switch to neutral and keep applying brakes unless it stops.  

Afterward, make sure that the car’s accelerator works properly.  

Finally, check to make sure the area around the pedals is free from debris. 

Double check there is nothing that will get stuck underneath the breaks that may prevent you from stopping. 

·      Snowy Weather 

In snowy weather, it is easy to lose control of your vehicle. In fact, moving your car in the first place is one of the worst problems you can encounter. 

Icy conditions are hazardous. If you find yourself sliding on the ice, keep your calm. Also, do y0ur best to keep your vehicle pointed forward. The rules of sliding on ice are like those of hydroplaning.  

For vehicles without anti-lock brakes, gently pump on the breaks until you can come to a complete stop. Furthermore, do not try to slam on the brakes. 

Luckily, this happens automatically with automatic transmissions. 

·      Rainy Weather 

When it is raining, the most dangerous thing to encounter is the oil on the pavement after it stops raining. Luckily, it washes away as soon as the rain starts again. 

However, but it is still quite risky to drive on wet roads. For example, hydroplaning can be triggered in a few different ways. 

Hydroplaning is when your tires lose contact with the ground due to water. Resulting in, losing control of your vehicle. 

Also, speeding on a wet road doubles your chances of hydroplaning. 

Finally, it is important to remember these driving tips. What is more, they may save you or others if you ever lose control of your vehicle. 


To the family and friends of Emilio Zaragoza, we cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you. 


Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.

Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.

This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings. 

Call us for a free consultation at (310) 914 – 8484

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