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Mother, sons die in Center Township traffic accident

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Gazette staff
May 22, 2011
— A mother and two of her sons are dead after a two-car accident west of Janesville on Highway 11 on Saturday.

Elvira Sanchez-DeSandoval, Diego Sandoval and Alan Sandoval died after the car they were passengers in collided with a minivan in the oncoming lane of traffic, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


Sanchez-DeSandoval and Diego Sandoval were declared dead at the scene by Rock County Chief Deputy Coroner Lou Smit.


Alan Sandoval, 4, was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. He was later flown to University Hospital in Madison where he died.


Initial investigation shows that a 1993 Cadillac DeVille, driven by Bernardo Sandoval, Janesville, was traveling west on Highway 11 when he swerved into the opposite lane to avoid colliding with a pickup truck that was turning into a driveway.


The Cadillac was then struck in the passenger side by a 1995 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by Anthony Dieckhoff, Orfordville.


Jamie Dieckhoff, a passenger in the minivan, was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Madison.


Her condition was not available.


Dieckhoff and her three children, Carter, 8; Ethan, 10; Clare, 3, were transported to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center. They were all treated and released.


Sanchez-DeSandoval was on the passenger side of the Cadillac when it was hit. It is unknown where Diego Sandoval was sitting.


Bernardo Sandoval was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center and is in stable condition.


All occupants of the minivan were wearing seat belts or were in child safety seats, according to the news release.


The driver of the Cadillac was not wearing a seat belt, but the mother and her two sons were wearing seat belts, the news release said.


Alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash.



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