Man dies in collision with Abel Maldonado’s wife
July 24, 2012
Congressional candidate Abel Maldonado’s wife was the driver of a Cadillac Escalade that crashed into a Honda Accord killing a 30-year-old man on Monday in Santa Maria.
Laura Maldonado, 45, and her teenage son were headed eastbound on Foxen Canyon Road when the front of her vehicle collided with the left side of the man’s Honda. California Highway Patrol officers said it appears the man who was driving northbound on Dominion Road failed to yield the right of way.
The man died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
Laura Maldonado and her son were treated for minor injuries at Marian Medical Center and then released.
“Monday afternoon, my wife, Laura, and son were in a terrible car accident in Santa Maria,” Abel Maldonado said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family of the victim. There are no words that can lift the burden of grief and sorrow his family and friends are experiencing right now. … The thoughts and prayers of our entire family are with his family and friends.”
California Highway Patrol officers have not yet determined if the use of drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.