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Alcohol suspected in deadly Sacramento crash

Every year, countless people across the state of California and the entire country are personally affected by serious and fatal car accidents. Driver recklessness does not only endanger other motorists and passengers but also places the lives of bicycle riders and pedestrians at risk. And too often, a single accident can impact multiple lives.

California Highway Patrol investigators suspect that alcohol may have played a role in a recent car accident that took the lives of three people in Sacramento. Open alcohol bottles were found in the SUV involved in the fatal incident, and authorities were expected to conduct toxicology testing on the driver of the vehicle. It was already determined, however, that the SUV was moving above the speed limit at the time of the crash.

The single-vehicle crash resulted in the SUV bursting into flames after striking a tree head-on. Prior to hitting the tree, the vehicle crossed several lanes of traffic and struck a woman riding a bicycle. Several people at the scene of the accident apparently attempted to assist the cyclist, along with the driver of the SUV and a passenger inside the vehicle, but all three accident victims succumbed to their injuries.

The 53-year-old bicycle rider reportedly died at the scene of the accident after being thrown more than 100 feet from her bicycle. The passenger inside the SUV also died at the accident site. The driver of the SUV succumbed to his injuries after being transported to an area hospital.

Accident victims and their families are often confronted by immediate and long-term physical and financial hardships. People can speak with an attorney today to learn more about their rights as potential claimants.

Source: kcra.com, “CHP: 3 dead after SUV hits bicyclist, slams into tree, catches fire,” Michelle Schultz, Oct. 23, 2014

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