Boy, 3, dies in two car-collision in Somerset, poor tire tread and wet road noted

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 03, 2016 / comments

A 3-year-old boy died from injuries suffered Thursday at approximately 4:06 p.m on Jan. 28, when the car in which he was riding collided with an SUV on a wet road in Somerset in El Dorado County.

The 3-year-old boy died after a two car-collision when the car being driven by Jacob Jimenez, 43, of Somerset at 4 p.m. was southbound on Mt. Aukum Road, north of Outingdale Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Jimenez lost control of his car and traveled into the oncoming lane. The right side of the car hit the front end of a northbound SUV.

The boy, who was in a child’s safety seat in the right rear of the car, died. Jimenez suffered major injuries and was transported to Marshall Hospital. The SUV driver suffered minor injuries. Jimenez was driving a 1994 gold Lexus southbound on Mt. Aukum Road, north of Outingdale Road when the vehicle swerved into the northbound traffic lane and struck a 1986 brown Ford Bronco driven by Thomas Hoagland, according to CHP officials.

The right side of the Lexus made impact with the front end of the Bronco. The young victim was in a child safety seat in the right rear side of the Lexus. Jimenez sustained major injuries and was taken via helicopter to Sutter Roseville. He was listed in critical condition as of Friday. Hoagland sustained minor injuries and was transported to Marshall Medical Center.

The 1994 Lexus sedan driven by Jimenez had tires in poor condition. “After further investigation of the Lexus, it was observed the tires were in poor condition with limited tread depth. At the time of the collision the roadway was wet,” said CHP officer Quinn Cuthbertson. “The California Highway Patrol can not overemphasize the importance of keeping your vehicle properly maintained, especially during the rainy season. Make sure your tires are in good condition, you windshield wipers are working properly, drive with your headlights on when it is raining or foggy and slow down. It’s not worth the life of your or anyone else’s child.”

Jimenez Family Memorial Fund. "Thank you everyone for the outstanding and amazing support you have shown the Jimenez family. This fund collected $7,100.00 in a 24 hour period, and was shared a thousand times. Wow! All thanks to friends, family, and community. More important to that, thank you for all the prayers. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts."

The Go Fund Me crowdfunding website has raised $11,615 of $15k by 173 people in 3 days and says:

Our community is collecting money to help pay funeral costs for four-year-old Joshua Jimenez. Joshua was taken up to heaven in a tragic car accident in Somerset, Ca on January 28, 2016. Joshua is survived by his seven-year-old sister, grandmother, and father Jacob. Jacob was severely injured during the accident. Jacob is a single father, so any help is appreciated more than words can express. Any money received over little Joshua’s memorial costs will go to Jacob and his family to help with their expenses during his recovery. Above all, please keep the Jimenez family in your prayers.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights... James 1:17

God’s beautiful angel will never be forgotten. Joshua, your beautiful smile will always light our lives.

See more here: https://www.gofundme.com/joshuajimenez

The family is generously opening the memorial service to the public. All friends, family, and community members are welcome. The service will be child friendly so Joshua’s friends may attend too.