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Multiple injuries, one child dead in fatal accident

Immediately following a serious car accident, authorities often conduct an investigation to determine why the incident occurred. And in the tragic event that a fatal accident happens on a California roadway, criminal charges may be pursued against the driver allegedly at fault. Similarly, accident victims and their families have the right to make personal injury and/or wrongful death claims against that suspect as well. The cause of the accident that took the life of one little girl may prompt criminal and civil actions against one motorist.

A few of the factors that were still under investigation in a recent multi-vehicle accident that occurred on California Highway 85 recently included whether or not the driver at fault may have experienced a medical crisis prior to the incident and why the other vehicle was stopped at the side of the road when it was struck. One thing that California Highway Patrol officers did not suspect played a role in the crash was drugs or alcohol.

The deadly collision occurred when a minivan carrying a woman and two young children pulled over on the shoulder of the highway was struck from behind by a Jeep Wrangler with immense force. After being hit by the Wrangler, the minivan reportedly rolled and crossed several lanes of the highway before colliding with another vehicle. The little girl that was secured in a booster seat at the rear of the minivan died at the scene, and the little boy who was believed to be her brother was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. The woman reportedly sustained minor injuries and the driver of the Jeep Wrangler was also reportedly treated for significant injuries.

It was not yet stated whether charges or personal injury-related claims would be filed against the driver of the Jeep Wrangler.

Source: mercurynews.com, “Cupertino: Child killed, three people injured in three-car Highway 85 accident,” Eric Kurhi, April 21, 2014

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