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Car accidents: 3 teens die in crash, driver not identified

Teenagers, speeding cars and alcohol have been the cause of many deaths on California roads. One of the recent car accidents that left authorities with many questions is under investigation by the Murrieta police. Three teenage Hemet residents lost their lives in the wreck.

A preliminary report indicates that a witness who was traveling north on Winchester reported seeing the vehicle with the teens speeding south just before the crash occurred. Accident investigators hope that more witnesses will come forward. However, they have been able to confirm that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Also, investigators found alcohol in the wreck, but it is not known whether any of the occupants were intoxicated.

The three teenagers who lost their lives in this accident were all boys, and their ages were 13, 16 and 18. One of the unanswered questions that investigators are trying to answer is which one of the boys was driving the car. This, along with the results of the pending toxicology reports, may assist the investigators in determining the circumstances of the accident.

Whenever lives of passengers are lost in car accidents that occur as the result of the negligent actions of the drivers, the surviving family members of the deceased passengers may pursue wrongful death claims against the drivers or their estates. However, in a case such as this one, no one can pursue financial relief until authorities have determined who the driver was and whether negligence caused the deaths. Once that is established, the evidence can be presented to a California court in pursuing monetary judgments for documented financial and emotional damages.

Source: Murrieta, Ca. Patch, "Murrieta Police Release New Details on Deadly Crash", Renee Schiavone, Jan. 19, 2016

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