Driver will not be cited in triple fatal crash

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
— Authorities believe a Janesville man caused a triple fatal crash when he crossed the center line and failed to keep control of his vehicle, but he will not be cited for the violations because the resulting crash killed his wife and two children, Rock County Sheriff's Capt. Jude Maurer said.

Bernardo Sandoval, 39, of 864 Walker St., Janesville, will be listed in the accident report as being at fault, but he will not receive tickets from the Saturday morning crash, Maurer said.

Sandoval was in good condition Monday morning at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Mauer said, and a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday no information could be released about him.

Alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash, but Maurer said authorities did take a blood sample from Sandoval to complete a thorough investigation. Maurer said he does not anticipate criminal charges when the blood results are complete.

Sandoval and his family were driving west on Highway 11 west of Janesville when he swerved into the opposite lane to avoid colliding with a pickup truck that was turning into a driveway. Sandoval's car was struck in the passenger side by an oncoming minivan driven by Anthony Dieckhoff, 40, of 611 W. Beloit St., Orfordville.

Elvira Sanchez-DeSandoval, 36, and two of her sons, Diego Sandoval, 6, and Alan Sandoval, 4, were killed as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

Jamie Dieckhoff, 37, a passenger in the minivan, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at University Hospital, Madison. Three Dieckhoff children in the minivan, Ethan, 11; Carter, 9; and Claire, 3, were treated and released at Mercy.

To donate

A fund has been created to help the Sandoval family pay for expenses. Make checks out to the Sandoval Memorial Fund.

Drop off checks at Commercial Bank, 1400 Black Bridge Road, Janesville, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday or 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, or mail them to Commercial Bank, P.O. Box 1410, Janesville, WI 53547.

Last updated: 5:08 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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