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California Fatal Car Crash Claims Life of 1 Teen

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Car accidents can leave devastated family members behind to mourn a lost loved one. A tragic car accident recently occurred on the night before teenagers were suppose to go back to school. The car crash left two California teens injured and one teen dead after the driver lost control and slammed into a tree. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors and no citations have been reported.

The accident occurred a little before 9 p.m, when the teens were on their way back home after a fishing jaunt. The driver of the vehicle failed to maintain control and slammed into a tree. It is unknown what caused the driver to lose control. A 16-year-old occupant suffered from a broken leg and the driver's ribs were broken from the crash. More tragically, though, a 17-year-old occupant died in the crash.

Authorities do not believe that the driver was under the influence and no open containers were observed in the vehicle. Those who knew the deceased teen describe him as very friendly. Fellow students created a memorial in his honor at the crash scene.

Understandably, a deadly car crash can be devastating for family members and close friends. The family of the deceased teen is preparing for his funeral and are reportedly in emotional turmoil over his death. The family of the teen may elect to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle to recover financial compensation for burial expenses and emotional distress. The civil court system in California typically adjudicates these types of lawsuits based upon evidence that the death was caused by the other party's negligence.

Source:, Danville Car Accident Kills Robert Orlando, 17, Injures Friends, Lisa Fernandez and Christie Smith, Aug. 28, 2013