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Orange County Teacher Identified Following Tustin Crash

Posted by Timothy J. Ryan | Jan 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

In North Tustin, there was a fiery crash that took place weeks ago. During that time, the name of the man who had died along with the two passengers in his vehicle were unknown or undisclosed. On Monday, a 29-year-old man was identified as the driver. Officials from the coroner's office finally released the information to the general public.

Jeremy Roggero, a resident of Aliso Viejo, California, was the man who was driving down the road at two in the morning on December 14. He was in a silver Kia Soul and attempting to evade the California Highway Patrol officers who were chasing him.

Authorities reported that the car was traveling northbound on the 55 freeway at a speed in excess of 90 miles per hour. The driver, Roggero, then exited and hit a dip on one of the side streets near Newport Avenue and 17th street. This caused the driver to lose control of his car. He crashed into a brick column that was nearby. When the car hit the column, it overturned several times. It was then quickly engulfed in flames.

Roggero was not alone in the car. There were two passengers in the vehicle. The first passenger was a 26-year-old special needs teacher by the name of Jason Alan Van Leuven. He was a teacher at Woodbridge High School. Van Leuven died inside the burning vehicle along with Roggero. The second passenger has not had his name released to the public, though he is 26 years of age as well. He was taken to Santa Ana to the Western Medical Center in order to be treated for serious burns.

The second passenger is a survivor, though his condition was not released as of Monday morning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have a connection to this horrific collision. Losing a loved one in such an awful way is a traumatizing experience.

Immediately following the accident, the name of the driver had not been released. It is unclear as to whether it was unknown or if the police officers needed to complete their investigation. The driver has since been identified as 29-year-old Jeremy Roggero. He is the one who was allegedly responsible for the crash as well as the death of Jason Alan Van Leuven and the injuries of the second passenger who has yet to be named.

There has been no report as to why Roggero was trying to evade the patrol officers who were following him down the northbound section of the 55 freeway. It is also unknown as to whether Roggero had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The fatal crash ended in the deaths of two out of the three people who were in the vehicle. The survivor's condition is unknown, though he may have a considerable amount of healing to do following the burns sustained.

Those who have been injured or whose loved one has been injured in a car collision need advice from experienced professionals to help ensure their needs are taken care of. Obtaining compensation for your family following a horrific car accident is often the only option to stay out of debt. A Tustin car accident lawyer can help you determine what options are available so you can make an informed decision. Call (800) 838-6644 today to get the help you need via a free confidential case evaluation from an attorney with decades of experience in Orange County.

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Timothy J. Ryan

Personal injury attorney Timothy J. Ryan has helped California injury victims recover more than $1 Billion since 1981. Tim is on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and received the 2020 award "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" for client satisfaction.


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