Car accidents are traumatic. Because they are so unexpected, and because they leave loved ones without the ability to say farewell, they might be the most devastating event a family can experience. One California family recently experienced this when they lost their young loved one in a car crash.
A 22-year-old woman was driving during the evening hours. She had reportedly slowed down to make a left-hand turn. A car behind her was allegedly unable to stop in time and struck her car, pushing her directly into oncoming traffic. The woman's car was then apparently struck again by a man traveling in the opposite direction.
According to police reports, the woman who was driving the car that was hit suffered major injuries. She was transported to a local hospital where she later passed away. It was not immediately clear if her family had made it to the hospital before she passed away.
The other two parties involved, though injured, did not suffer life-threatening injuries. In fact, authorities indicate that they declined to go to the hospital for treatment. Authorities report that drugs and alcohol did not appear to be contributing factors in the accident.
Authorities continue their investigation of this tragic car crash. Speed, cell phone usage or some other form of distraction could be factors that they might be considering. Other additional factors are likely being considered as well. Depending on what they discover, the woman's surviving family members may have the right to file a wrongful death claim under California law.
Source: The Fresno Bee, Woman, 22, dies in three-car crash in southwest Fresno, Bonhia Lee, Nov. 24, 2013