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5 minors killed in single-vehicle accident

Serious questions and concerns are raised any time an under-aged driver is involved in a serious car accident. Not only is it important to determine whether the young person in question was operating the vehicle with the permission of an adult, but also whether or not he or she was legally allowed to be driving in the first place.

California Highway Patrol officials were investigating a fatal accident that occurred recently in Irvine. They were still in the process of determining whether alcohol and/or drugs contributed to the single-vehicle crash. However, there was evidence to suggest that speed may have played a role in the early morning accident.

The fatal incident occurred when a car carrying six teenagers returning from a Halloween event caught fire after veering off the freeway and crashing in an embankment. Emergency response efforts were reportedly hindered by the vehicle fire, which also caused a brush fire.

The 16-year-old driver of the car survived the crash, and was admitted to an area hospital to be treated for a serious head injury. He reportedly did not have a driver’s license. Five other teenagers inside the vehicle all succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the accident. The ages and identities of all of the victims were not stated.

For accident victims and families impacted by preventable tragedies, healing from physical and emotional trauma can be extremely difficult. Accident victims and their families can learn their legal options and rights by consulting with an experienced attorney today.

Source: ktla.com, “Teen Driver in Fiery I-5 Crash in Irvine Didn’t Have a License; 5 Others Killed,” John A. Moreno, Erin Myers, Sara Welch, Oct. 4, 2014 

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