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Fatal car crash ruled intentional

Any time an accident results in injuries and/or death, an investigation is conducted to determine who, if anyone, is at fault. And while a large percentage of incidents are caused by driver recklessness or negligence, far fewer fatal collisions happen on purpose. Two motorists died recently in a fatal accident in Lakeside, California, and now it is confirmed that the driver at fault in the incident intended to crash her car.

One Southern California family is mourning the loss of their loved one, a husband and father of two. The 49-year-old accident victim tragically died in an area hospital after being transported by air for emergency treatment following a head-on collision with another vehicle going the wrong way on the road.

According to other motorists that witnessed the catastrophic event, the Ford at fault was moving against traffic on the wrong side of the road when it struck the man driving a truck. Authorities confirmed that the vehicle was going approximately 65 miles per hour when the incident occurred. The driver of the Ford also died in the collision.

During the course of the accident investigation, San Diego’s Medical Examiner’s Office did find that the 29-year-old driver of the Ford was intentionally driving the wrong way in order to commit suicide. Beyond that, the vehicle that she was driving was being used illegally since it was neither insured nor properly registered. It is not stated if the Ford belonged to the woman.

Because it is clear that the driver at fault in the tragic accident acted willfully and with the intention taking a life, the family of the man who lost his life in the incident may be compelled to pursue wrongful death claims in the case.

Source: cbs8.com, “Deadly crash on SR-67 caused by suicidal driver,” Shannon Handy, June 2, 2014

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