A tragic incident occurred in California when a 25-year old woman was struck and killed due to an alleged drunk driver, just minutes after she accepted her boyfriend's marriage proposal. The woman was a passenger on the back of her fiancé's motorcycle. They were on their way to a friend's house to celebrate their new engagement when the motorcycle was hit by a Lexus. The woman died, and her fiance had both of his legs broken as a result of the car crash.
The driver of the Lexus was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he was accused of driving his Lexus straight into the motorcycle. He was later released on a $100,000 bond. The friends of the woman made a collage in honor of her memory in front of a store in Huntington Beach.
It is not yet clear whether a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed in this case. Nevertheless, the deceased victim's family retains that right. Moreover, the injured fiancé also has the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle.
A car crash can cause a significant amount of financial loss, emotional and physical suffering. California civil courts stand ready to adjudicate personal injury and/or wrongful death claims based upon evidence of negligence that is deemed to have caused or contributed to the injuries or death of another. These types of lawsuits typically seek reimbursement such items as medical bills and funeral expenses, as well as lost income and other damages permissible under our laws.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Woman killed in motorcycle accident got engaged that day," Anthony Clark Carpio, June 4, 2013