3 Killed in Wrong-Way Collision in California

On April 28, a two-car collision in Los Banos ended with three deaths. According to the California Highway Patrol, a driver caused the accident by traveling at excessive speeds. Although authorities do not believe that drugs and alcohol were factors in the crash, the details of the accident are still being investigated. All of the deceased victims were Los Banos residents.

The fatal car crash took place while a 30-year-old man was speeding along Ingomar Grade in a VW Passat. Shortly before 11 p.m., the driver lost control while going around a curve near Sylvester Road. When the driver crossed over the centerline, his vehicle was struck on the driver's side door by a Saturn ION.

The 58-year-old driver of the Saturn, his 33-year-old passenger and the driver of the Passat all died in the accident. The two occupants of the Saturn were a father and son who both worked as teachers. The son was a math teacher at Los Banos High School, and his father was a substitute teacher for the school district. Following the accident, the school provided grief counselors to students.

A fatal car accident like this often leaves the family of a deceased victim without any income. In such an event, the survivors may choose to pursue compensation from the driver who caused the crash through the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages commonly sought include funeral and burial expenses and, in some cases, loss of support. If the responsible driver was also killed, the driver's estate can be named as the defendant in that type of civil action.

Source: ABC, "Los Banos teacher and his father died in a car crash along with another driver," Sara Sandrik, April 29, 2015

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