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Impairment suspected in fatal California crash

The California Highway Patrol has reported that three men were killed during the early morning hours of June 17 after a two-vehicle crash blocked several lanes of a busy freeway. The men lost their lives on the San Diego Freeway in Carson at approximately 1:00 a.m. Police say that the chain of events that led to the fatal impact was initiated by a woman who may have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to police, the woman was proceeding northbound on the San Diego Freeway when her Toyota Prius struck a pickup truck towing a trailer in the vicinity of Carson Street. The collision caused the driver of the pickup truck to lose control and strike the central divider. The resulting wreckage blocked two lanes of traffic and the carpool lane. Several individuals who had exited the pickup truck and the Toyota were later joined at the scene by the passenger of an Uber driver who had pulled over.

The three men were killed when an approaching sedan pulled to the left in order to avoid striking the woman who had been behind the wheel of the Toyota. The sedan struck two men and a disabled vehicle. The disabled vehicle then struck and killed the third man. The woman was subsequently taken into custody.

This collision shows how reckless actions can have catastrophic results. The dependent family members of those who lose their lives due to another driver's negligence often sustain significant financial losses in addition to their grief, and attorneys could file wrongful death lawsuits against the at-fault motorists on their behalf. These civil actions could seek compensation for the lost income of a relied-upon provider as well as expenses such as funeral and burial costs.

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