2 Dead and 1 Injured in Head-On Collision
On April 5, two people from California were killed in a head-on collision near Yosemite National Park. The deceased car crash victims were both of the drivers, a 47-year-old woman from El Portal and a 56-year-old man from Midpines. A 48-year-old male passenger in the deceased man's car sustained major injuries in the car accident.
According to reports from the Mariposa County California Highway Patrol, the fatal car crash occurred at about 1:15 p.m. when the 47-year-old woman crossed into oncoming traffic on eastbound Highway 140 near the Briceburg Bridge. The woman's 2011 Honda CRV collided with the male victim's 1996 Dodge Caravan. There were no reports about why the woman was unable to maintain her lane.
The female victim was declared dead at the scene of the crash, and the male victim died while he was being transported to the hospital. The injured passenger was transported by air to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto where he was diagnosed with a fractured hip. Wreckage from the crash blocked both lanes of the highway, and traffic was rerouted until the wreckage had been cleared just before 5 p.m.
When a negligent driver causes an accident and dies in the crash, the driver's estate can be named as a defendant in a subsequent personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney representing an injured victim or the surviving family members of a person who is killed in the collision can make a determination of negligence through a review of the official investigation report, the coroner's report and other evidence such as eyewitness testimony.
Source: myMOTHERLODE.com, "Update: New Details On Double Fatal Crash Near Yosemite," Tracey Petersen, April 6, 2016